Robert Post

Retreat with Show Doctor Robert Post

Robert Post

Two major influences sparked Post’s child hood desire to go into show business: the sight of his Italian grandmother, Assunta DiMenna, spontaneously dancing and singing at any family occasion (including funerals), and the classic vaudeville, juggling and specialty acts featured on the Ed Sullivan show.

When Post was at a loss for a major as a freshman at Ohio State University, he signed up for classes in Absurdist Literature because he liked the sound of “absurd.” After a year of devouring works by Beckett, Pinter, Ionesco, Genet and others, Post was enchanted and thought that all great literature was written this way. This was the second beginning of his warped sense of humor, the first developed throughout twelve years of Catholic school (during which he read nothing). In spite of the fact that he holds the record for the most discipline marks in St. Augustian Elementary School’s history for “difficulties” with attention, conduct, tardiness, and obedience, he has turned out to be a dedicated student of life.

Robert’s career as a performing artist would never have happened if he had been successful at his first love, golf. But — being half Italian— he struggled with his temper as a player. He did enjoy success as a caddy and carried the bags of some of the greatest players of all time including Byron Nelson, Tom Weiskoff, Lanny Watkins, Judy Rankin, and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

In 1978, in an obsessive quest to find a teacher who could help him blend his love of character work with the magical techniques of the movement arts, Post traveled to the woods of Maine to take a workshop with the visionary theatre artist, Tony Montanaro. This began the foundation of Post’s unique creative style and his longtime artistic collaboration with Tony.

While he usually performs in theatres, over the years Post has performed in almost every conceivable setting including concert halls, street corners, dinner theaters, prisons, factories, TV com mercials, homeless shelters, festivals, and with symphony orchestras. His creative process has always been influenced by the wide variety of places and people he experiences.

He has created over thirty works for which he has received numerous awards and fellowships from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. PBS produced a documentation of his stage performance that was shown internationally, winning the Central Education Network Award for Best Performance Program. Post is also an alumnus of the Affiliate Artists program and has toured his one-man performance to forty-six US states, Canada, Mexico, Russia, the Mediterranean and Japan.

Post Comedy Theatre was presented by Broadway’s New Victory Theater to rave reviews and sold out houses. In addition to his touring Post has helped direct various productions including Cinderella, Coppelia and The Nutcracker for BalletMet Columbus as well as theater productions of Noises Off and Urinetown. He also serves as an adjunct professor in theater at Ohio State University.

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