Born and raised in Minnesota, Rob is a NYC based first generation Filipino-American. Youngest of two, his interest in theater, TV and movies fueled his desire to become a performer. Participating mainly in music and theater, Rob went on to study musical theater in college, graduating with a BFA in Musical Theater Performance.
Immediately after college, Rob joined LaMama E.T.C.'s legendary Great Jones Repertory, under Ellen Stewart and subsequently began the start of close to two decades of touring and performing around the world. During this time he transitioned from theater to dance and spent six and a half seasons with the internationally acclaimed MOMIX dance company.
Rob was on the War Horse first national North American tour and was asked to be one of the puppeteers as Joey appearing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. He also had the opportunity to be the Production Spokesperson for the War Horse press tour, representing the show to various tour markets all over the US and Canada.
He had the privilege to be cast in the critically praised production of Here Lies Love at the Public Theater in NYC and was with Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation cast and Puppet Captain for the world tour of Toruk - The First Flight, based off of James Cameron's Avatar. After returning from tour, Rob was invited to participate in the Sesame Street Workshop puppetry intensive in NYC.
Besides being onstage, Rob has also been an associate producer, artistic associate, choreographer, assistant choreographer/director, and puppet builder. He worked with Matt Acheson and Fergus J. Walsh, building puppets for Lincoln Center and Broadway productions and continues to consult for and collaborate with Andrew Rasmussen and
Between productions and tours, Rob was with the American Associates of the National Theatre as a Development and Special Events Coordinator. He is now in NYC full time as the Production Coordinator for NT America, the North American producing office for the National Theatre of Great Britain and an Associate Producer with Mara Isaacs and her production company, Octopus Theatricals.
Rob’s current projects include; the HADESTOWN Education Initiative which seeks to bring the experience of HADESTOWN to students from underserved communities as well as building an online educational resource, developing an online search application for BIPOC entertainment industry professionals and co-founding The Industry Standard Group LLC, a commercial investment and producing group that addresses the lack of representation and diversity in commercial arts and entertainment investing and producing.