Rob Salerno is a journalist and two-time Dora-nominated writer and performer who’s been labeled a “theatrical rabble rouser” by The Globe and Mail. His preoccupations as a writer include social justice and probing issues that polite people wouldn’t touch.
Rob has written for such publications as VICE, Advocate, Metro Toronto, NOW Magazine, #CdnCult Times, FAB, Homorazzi.com, Eye Weekly, and Outlooks. He’s also been a talking head on CTV News and Sun News Network. He is best known for his work as a reporter and columnist with Xtra, Canada’s Gay & Lesbian newspaper, now DailyXtra.com, where he covers such topics as: national, provincial, and municipal politics; community organizations and activism; human rights law; crime; media analysis; HIV/AIDS; and immigration and refugee issues. He is well-known in the LGBT community for fearlessly sharing his unconventional opinions on topics of the day.
Rob is the artistic director of Ten Foot Pole Theatre, a company dedicated to telling stories polite people wouldn’t touch. His original plays Balls, Big in Germany, Fucking Stephen Harper: How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and Saved Democracy, RAW, and First Day Back have played in more than thirty cities across Canada and around the world.
Rob holds an MA (Drama) from University of Toronto and a Joint-Honours BA (Political Science, Cultural Studies) from McGill University. He has also completed residencies with the Banff Playwrights Colony and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Young Creators Unit.
Rob is always looking to collaborate on interesting projects as a writer or actor. If you are interested in working with him, feel free to get in touch.