SPOTLIGHT BIO: Rob Schiffmann

In this new weekly spotlight biography section, we will introduce the cast of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical to you. This week we start with actor, musician and new daddy, Rob Schiffmann. He is the second longest running member with the group.

If you have any questions for Rob, please post below and we will get you some answers!

Who or what inspired you to do improv?
Nina Furst, my acting teacher in 5th grade. She taught theater through improvisation and still continues to today.

How long have you been singing/improvising?
Singing since the age of 4, when I started playing the piano. Improvising since the age of 10. Rocking since the age of -7 months (I was 2 months premature).

When you aren't found at the Phony Awards, where might you be out in the city?
At Chicago City Limits, playing with my band The Hillary Step, seeing a movie or most likely, playing with my 6 1/2 month old daughter Abbey!

How do you keep it all together when you are up on stage doing your thing?
Slow down, listen and PLAY!

What is your most memorable moment in improv?
I was in a show once where I was playing the evil villain "80s Man". I had just been defeated and my daughter, who I had oppressed for years, was getting married as I lay dying. The person playing the reverend said, "Dearly beloved....". Just then I stood up and said, "We are gathered here today to get through this thing called LIFE". The lights then went out and the piano played a scary chord and that was the end of the show. The audience lost their mind and somewhere Prince smiled!

Message from Rob~ -- if you like my songs, check out the ones I have written on my new CD, "Note to Self"!!

Come see Rob and the rest of the cast starting this Thursday at 9PM at the Triad Theater.
Posted on February 6, 2011 .