Robert Faires


Actor
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Robert Faires

Robert Faires has been working in Austin theatre since 1980, when he joined the cast of Esther's Follies as a performer and writer. Since then, he has worked on stages all across the city as an actor, director, improvisational comic, and freelance master of ceremonies. Recent roles include three world premieres: writer Joseph Mitchell in Up in the Old Hotel (Refraction Arts); Carter, a jazz musician, in Carson Kreitzer's Flesh and the Desert (UT Department of Theatre & Dance); and historian Walter Webb in Steve Moore's Nightswim (State Theatre Company). He also acted in and directed The Winter's Tale and acted in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] for the Austin Shakespeare Festival and directed A Christmas Carol for Second Youth Family Theatre (Payne Award: Direction of a Play for Youth). Favorite roles include: the drunken, bitter critic in Colin McPherson's St. Nicholas (a role that allowed him to draw extensively on his experience as Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle); Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (The Public Domain) and Hound of the Baskervilles (OnStage Theatre Company); and Feste in Twelfth Night (Sneck Up!/Vortex Repertory), which he also directed (Payne Award: Outstanding Play; Austin Critics Table Award: Outstanding Comedy, Direction of a Comedy). He has been covering the local performing and visual arts scene for 22 years, and his writing and criticism has been recognized with awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In 2000, he received the Austin Circle of Theatres' Special Recognition Award for contributions to local theatre. He is the proud husband of Barbara Chisholm and proud father of Rosalind Faires, with whom he works as often as he can.


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