Playwriting

Rob Salerno is a Dora-nominated writer and performer who’s been labeled a “theatrical rabble rouser” by The Globe and Mail. His preoccupations as a writer and theatre creator include social justice and probing issues that polite people wouldn’t touch, such as gaybashing, sexual ethics, and illness.

His five original plays, Balls, Fucking Stephen Harper, Big in Germany, RAW, and First Day Back, have been produced in more than thirty festivals around the world, winning rave reviews, awards, and audience praise. Rob is currently developing new plays that he hopes to get on stage soon.

Fucking Stephen Harper has been published and is available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Shoppers in Toronto can also find Fucking Stephen Harper at Glad Day Bookshop (598 Yonge St).

Rob’s plays have won numerous awards and honours over the years, including:

2016 Dora Nomination – Outstanding New Play, Theatre for Young Audiences (First Day Back)
2016 Dora Nomination – Outstanding Performance, Theatre for Young Audiences (First Day Back)
2013 OAC Theatre Creator’s Reserve – recommender: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (RAW)
2013 Toronto Arts Council Playwriting Grant2012 OAC Theatre Creator’s Reserve – recommender: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (First Day Back)
2012 Halifax Fringe Hit! Award – (Fucking Stephen Harper)
2012 Halifax Fringe Hit! Award – (Plutonium Playhouse’s production of Balls)
2011 Ottawa Fringe Pick of the Fringe (Fucking Stephen Harper)
2011 Ottawa Xpress Reader’s Choice Award – Best Theatrical Production of 2011 (Fucking Stephen Harper)
2011 OAC Theatre Creator’s Reserve – recommender: Cabaret Company (RAW)
2011 Official Selection — Halifax Queer Acts Festival (Big In Germany)
2011 Official Selection — International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (Big In Germany)
2010 Winnipeg Fringe Pick of the Fringe (Fucking Stephen Harper)
2009 Official Selection — London Comedy Go-To (Fucking Stephen Harper)
2008 London Brickenden Award — Best Touring Production (Balls)
2007 Hamilton Fringe Best New Play (Balls)
2007 Ottawa Fringe Pick of the Fringe (Balls)
2007 London Fringe Best Original Production (Balls)
2005 Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing

Read more about Rob’s theatre work at tenfootpole.ca.

If you are interested in producing one of Rob’s plays, you can contact him directly to enquire about the rights at robert_salerno@hotmail.com.

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