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Rob Adler

  • Co-Head of BFA Acting
  • Performance
  • 773-325-7962

Rob Adler is a husband, father, actor, scholar, director, filmmaker, and performance coach. 

As an actor, Adler has performed on stages large and small across the U.S., frequently in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, and has appeared in films and television shows for thirty years. As a filmmaker, his short films have received critical acclaim at festivals as far ranging as Pasadena, Chicago and the Bahamas. Adler's stage directing work in Patriot Act, devised with Obie and NAACP Award winner Roger Guenveur Smith, is a testament to his passion for crafting improvisational, thought-provoking and socially relevant art. His performances in Theatre Dybbuks Exagogue, thought to be the first written Jewish play, further exemplifies his ability to blend historical context with contemporary artistic expression.

As the founder of AdlerImprov Studio in Hollywood, he leads masterclasses in improvisational acting and coaches actors privately and on set. Some past coaching partnerships include projects with Lionsgate, Disney, FOX, NBC, and ABC. He was hired by the production to coach for the Netflix documentary about the August Wilson monologue competition Giving Voice, which was produced by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. This endeavor, along with his role as the on-air acting coach for Disney's international sensation, High School Musical: Get in the Picture, and his performance advice columns for​ Backstage magazine, all align with his commitment to nurturing ​emerging talent and fostering diverse artistic voices in the industry. 

He currently serves as the co-head of the BFA Acting program at The Theatre School at DePaul University.  Adler's international teaching experience spans other prestigious institutions like the USC School of Dramatic Arts, CalArts, and the Geffen Playhouse, as well as engagements in London, Tokyo, Nassau, Shanghai and Stockholm. He also applies his acting methodologies to benefit professionals in other fields, including business, law, medicine and public policy. You can find him @adlerimprov &