69 seconds with … writer and theatre artist Rob Salerno

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Spend 69 seconds with gay writer and theatre artist Rob Salerno who brings his one-man show F#%@ing Stephen Harper to the 2010 Vancouver International Fringe Festival.

01Your first job.
I was a secretary in an insurance company when I was 15 – I was filling in for a woman who was spending two weeks being a princess in a medieval fantasy camp in Pennsylvania.

02The job you wanted as a child.
Game show host.

03The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
Young. (He’s older and doesn’t always mean this as a compliment).

04Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Friends, chocolate, and porn.

05Your pet peeve.
Finding out a hot boy is conservative.

06Favourite political commentator.
Bill Maher.

07Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy…
In a strip club in Montreal when I was 16.

08One thing no one knows about you (and you are willing to share).
I can sing the entire score of Rent.

09 Your hero.
My heroes are all of my friends who are artists and boldly put themselves out there and do what they love. They inspire me to keep going.

10 The one thing you are most looking forward to doing in Vancouver.
Ugh … if just one, I’m going to have to say eating sushi on the beach in beautiful weather while staring at the mountains and the ocean with my Vancouver friends I haven’t seen in two years.

MEET rob salerno

Rob SalernoRob was born and raised in Toronto. His public school didn’t have a drama program, so he focused his early passion for the arts into painting, drawing, writing, and performing the odd skit with friends. He earned a Joint-Honours BA at McGill University (Cultural Studies/Political Science), where he took his first acting classes and developed a love of the stage. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing for his short stories.

After a brief stint in Vancouver, where he studied with the Lyric School of Acting and Theatresports, he returned to Toronto, where he founded Ten Foot Pole Productions as the home of his playwriting. In 2008, he completed his MA in Drama at the University of Toronto.

Rob is currently represented by The Messinger Agency for his acting and represents himself for his literary work.

In 2009, Rob completed a residency with the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Young Creators Unit and began working as the Literary Programs Intern at The Canadian Stage Company.

In his other life, Rob works as a freelance journalist. He is also an avid cyclist and enjoys studying martial arts.

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