Robert is a critically acclaimed theatre, television and opera director and a specialist in digital capture and Screen Arts. Most recently co-wrote and directed all six episodes of HANG UPS (Slam Films) which airs summer 2018 on Channel 4. He currently works as an Executive Producer for Slam Films across their television and film work.
In 2009 Robert founded the multi-award-winning Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus, respectively the world’s leading performing arts and arts education platforms. He has directed all 28 of their live captures of theatre, dance and opera productions, including most recently Northern Ballet’s CASANOVA (Sky Arts) and SFP/Menier Chocolate Factory Production of FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith (UK cinemas and Sky Arts).
His capture director work for cinema and online include the Almeida’s GHOSTS starring Lesley Manville, The Old Vic’s THE CRUCIBLE starring Richard Armitage, Sherman Theatre’s IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT, Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, David Tennant and Catherine Tate in SFP’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and numerous others including work from many of Britain’s leading theatres and producers. Other projects include the GULF STAGE project in Doha, Qatar (British Council/Digital Theatre), GONE ‘TIL THE SATELLITES TURN AGAIN (BBC RADIO 3/The Wire) as a writer and extensive work as a creative consultant on arts and culture projects.
He continues to work as Creative Director for Digital Theatre platforms and was recently announced by Creative Review as one of the UK’s top 50 Creative Leaders.
Robert has directed over 40 productions in theatres such as The Donmar, Royal Court, Almeida, Hampstead Theatre, RSC, The Royal Exchange Manchester, Sheffield Crucible Theatres and the West End, including Dario Fo’s ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Donmar Warehouse), Stephen Adley Guirgis’ IN ARABIA WE’D ALL BE KINGS (Hampstead Theatre), Gary Mitchell’s IN A LITTLE WORLD OF OUR OWN (Donmar Warehouse), Peter Whelan’s A RUSSIAN IN THE WOODS (RSC/Barbican), Gary Mitchell’s THE FORCE OF CHANGE (Royal Court) and Owen McCafferty’s SHOOT THE CROW (Trafalgar Studios).
Robert was formerly Creative Director of Amnesty International where he oversaw all their media output and cultural events including the 60th UNDHR anniversary project, where 30 of the world’s leading writers were commissioned to produce short stories based on the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, subsequently published under the title Freedom.
He is a Chair of English Touring Theatre.