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Robert Post

Artist's Narrative

Robert Post When you bring Robert Post to your school, you get a one-man comedy ensemble that stimulates imaginations, sparks creativity and inspires lifelong learning.

Robert Post is:
a) an actor
b) a mime
c) a juggler
d) a ventriloquist
e) all of the above

The Answer is E
This POSTpourri of verbal and nonverbal storytelling techniques - acting, mime, juggling, ventriloquism - entertains, educates, engages and empowers students to explore their own potential.

POSThaste
From freestyle improvisations to set pieces incorporating physical and cerebral elements, Post's fast-paced neo-vaudevillian misadventures capture and keep students' attention. Accessible and appreciable on many levels, Robert Post leaves you limp with laughter and energized by exhilaration.

But don't take our word for it! The New York Times calls Post 'goofily gifted,' and fan mail from schools around the country echo the praise.

Quotes from educators:


Post's on stage performance is masterful as his imagination works overtime to blend comedy and creativity throughout his theatrical work. The sophistication and intelligence of Robert's creative work is unique. He is truly a special performer who has the ability to adapt to and deeply engage widely diverse audiences. I highly recommend working with him.
Scott Noppe-Brandon, Executive Director
Lincoln Center Institute, New York, NY


Robert has that rare ability to entrance the youngest of children (my two year old daughter fell madly in love at first sight) and, at the very same time, engross the most seasoned of adult theater goers. His shows are a delight for multi-generational audiences who can enjoy together his humor, magic and poignant commentary on life's joys and trials.
Shelly Casto, Director of Education
Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University


Post has created over 30 works that have been seen across the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and throughout the Mediterranean. In addition to his full concerts he has maintained a commitment to education and has performed for young audiences in countless settings including: The Big Break Festival in Moscow, New York's Lincoln Center Institute, the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico, and for Young Audiences in Cleveland and St. Louis, and many more. The internationally broadcast PBS special, Robert Post-In Performance, won the Central Education Network Award for Best Performance Program.

Video
Excerpts from Post's programs for schools.
Can't access YouTube at your school? View the video on SchoolTube here.



Availability

Upon request. Please note, artist tours frequently.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

How To Survive Middle School (Grade levels 6-8)

This innovative program deals with real issues affecting students today including peer pressure, anxiety about fitting in, bullying in the age of social media, testing, and other topics raised by students and educators. Bullying in the context of social media is an extremely important issue facing schools, and middle school-age children are particularly affected.

“How to Survive Middle School” is a multimedia performance experience combining the hilarious and highly skilled works of Robert Post and includes compelling video stories told by middle school students and their advocates. Post struggled in school because of learning "disabilities" and middle school was extremely difficult. He found that he could survive by making people laugh but had no clue that he had a powerful gift that would someday take him to stages around the world. The Emmy Award winning Robert Post has performed around the world at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Institute, and Broadway’s New Victory Theatre.

Watch the video on SchoolTube.

  • Program available starting November 1, 2016.
  • The actual cost of this program is $1,000. Thanks to funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a limited number of subsidized programs are available to schools for $400.
  • Follow-up curriculum materials, covered in the fee, will be made available to school administrators and teaching staff.
  • Professional development for teachers in the area of Social Emotional Learning, if desired, will also be available for an additional fee.
Activity Options:
How To Survive Middle School
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Fees: $400 ($1,000 without subsidy)

    Fees are applicable only for performances and workshops held in central Ohio schools.
  • Requirements: Stage or large space with a performing area of at least 15' x 15'. A clean floor is essential. Artist must have exclusive use of the performing area for two hours prior to performance. One hour will be needed following the performance to strike the show. School must provide projection equipment, including a large screen. Robert Post will provide and set up sound equipment for his live performance. School will need to provide amplification for video projection.

Mini-Performance (Grade levels K-12 grouped in appropriate age levels)

Robert Post has developed a loose, playful approach to performance that invites an audience to participate in his creative, zany world. Post creates a charismatic comedy feast that unleashes the imagination and defies description. Equally at home in concert halls or classrooms, he's an entire theater company himself, specializing in rapid-fire character changes, even different roles for different body parts. Post's performances will include a variety of his works carefully selected to respond to the age levels of the students. His repertoire includes:

Odds and Ends - A fast-paced introduction of Post's unique style. His fingers take on a life of their own and become an Olympic diver or an uncontrollable toupee that won't stay on his head. His nose comes right off for a quick cleaning, two arms form a giant mouth and a football play is rewound from every angle at an impossible speed. This seven-minute opening is a physical free-association to challenge and expand the imagination of the audience.

The Bag - Children (and sometimes adults) truly think they see the invisible balls Post pulls out of a plain grocery bag. Everyone participates in this imagination stimulator, throwing the invisible balls into an empty bag that magically produces a stream of tiny red balls.

Tango - Post invites a pair of red long johns on the dance floor for a "steamy" tango. In the resulting tangle of arms and legs it's difficult to tell who's leading who.

Shticks - They're just three sticks, about three feet long with red tips. But in Robert Post's hands, they're magic, pirouetting through the air in exact and almost mathematical patterns. Suddenly, they're not just pieces of wood. One snakes through the air as a cobra. One leaves home to join the circus as a trapeze. Soon, they all conspire to make a movie, simultaneously starring as cowboys, Indians, horses, speeding bullets, seagulls, fishing poles and sharks.

Ace Wingspan, King of the Sky - Post's body becomes a cartoon graphic, sound effect machine, and airplane as the daring stunt pilot realizes he's not as brave as the crowd's expectations.

Burglar Burt - A barking dog, slinking cat, snoring parent and crying baby undo the attempted burglary of the bungling Burt in this tribute to the comedic genius of Sid Caesar.

The Daydreamer - This work was inspired by Post's love for the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. The school bus is out of control. Mr. Phillips, the driver, is turning purple. No problem for Bobby who turns the bus into a spaceship and saves the day. To conquer a bully he drinks a magic potion and grows fifty feet tall. But...he spills his drink in the process. This means big trouble. The only way out of the principal's office is...to become invisible.

Post Child - A dad driving home with his son after a performance? A performer reassuring his "inner child" as he struggles to stay awake? Post performs an enchanting duet with a puppet -- a third-grade version of Post -- created by Henson artist Matthew Brooks.

SPIKED! - "...as American as cell phones, fax machines and bottom lines. Post's harried office worker, whose life is governed by gadgets, will never catch up. The use of sound effects in this work is completely ingenious."

Pasquale's Kitchen - A wacky TV chef whips up a culinary feast of juggling, visual gags, dialects, jokes, magic and rhythm. He serves up his special cooking secret," Let the chef inside you guide you." While demonstrating French, Australian, Russian, and British specialties, Pasquale -- like a method actor -- totally immerses himself in the character. He battles an uncooperative seafood dish, creates quick bread like you've never seen, shakes a cow to make his own butter, and creates a new definition of "natural food."

An additional element of Post's work is an ongoing dialogue with the audience. Where appropriate, students will have an opportunity to ask questions between works.

Activity Options:
Mini-Performance
  • Duration: 40-45 min.
  • Fees: $350/ $625 for two back-to-back

    Fees are applicable only for performances and workshops held in greater Columbus area schools (grades K-12). Information regarding fees for performances/workshops for organizations or for full concert productions, with theatrical lighting, is available upon request.

  • Requirements: Stage or large space with a performing area of at least 15' x 15'. A clean floor is essential. Artist must have exclusive use of the performing area for one hour prior to performance. Performances will generally not be scheduled before 10:00 am

Workshops (Grade levels 3-12)

Post, a sensitive and experienced teacher, offers a variety of workshops ranging from theater improvisation and other basic acting techniques to a variety of juggling and other physical skills. It is best to call and discuss the needs and experience level of the student group. He is very interested in assisting students who are creating their own works and enjoys conducting workshops with teachers, other school personnel, and parents.

Activity Options:
Workshop
  • Duration: 45-90 min.
  • Fees: $220-$290

    Fees are applicable only for performances and workshops held in greater Columbus area schools (grades K-12). Information regarding fees for performances/workshops for organizations or for full concert productions, with theatrical lighting, is available upon request.

  • Requirements: Sufficient space for all students to move freely; 20 students max.