Bobby Weinapple, Head of San Francisco Branch
Robert Weinapple is a native New Yorker who has performed at many of the West Coast’s best theatres, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, The Marsh, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Shotgun Players, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks. In 1996, Robert was awarded the Dean Goodman Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Principal Performance as Watty Watkins in Lady Be Good with 42nd Street Moon. Screen credits include principal roles in the independent features Klee-vies Peterbelt with Fazi / Falzone Productions, Tragos with Antero Alli and Vertical Pool, Heart of the Possible, La Mission with Benjamin Bratt, as well as guest appearances on the television shows Nash Bridges and Trauma.
As a teacher, he has been a faculty member for eight years with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and currently heads the San Francisco branch of Seydways Acting Studios. Since 2007, he has also worked as a corporate consultant with Stand and Deliver, working with companies around the world as a performance coach.
On the directing front, Robert’s direction of the world premiere adaptation of Chekhov’s short story The Duel for Central Works received critical acclaim, as did his Twelfth Night for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and A Perfect Ganesh for Free Range Theatre company. His Tempest and Taming of the Shrew for the S.F. Shakespeare Festival played to over 50,000 students in more than 60 cities throughout California, followed by an expanded version with a live band and all original music at San Francisco’s Gershwin Theatre. Other directing credits include Collected Stories with Essential Action Productions, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight with Theatre Q, The Quick-Change Room with TheatreFirst, Empty Places with Foothill Theatre Company, UPS and The Debating Society with the Playwright’s Lab, and 2×4 Play at The Marsh in San Francisco. He also worked as Assistant Director to Richard Seyd on development of The Twelve, an original musical by Peter Berg and Robert Schenkkan, Beauty Queen of Leenane at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and as Associate Director for the long running hit Noises Off at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco.
He is currently working on The Real Me, an original play about the life of rock drummer Keith Moon. With Pete Townshend’s blessing, Robert and drummer Mick Berry were granted exclusive rights to use the music of The Who and plan to mount the play in SF and NYC in the coming year. To learn more, visit Bobby’s website.
Bobby's Audition Tips
As the TBA Generals approach and audition season picks up, here are a few thoughts on selecting and preparing an audition monologue.
Choosing a good piece is the first and most important part of the audition process. The material you select tells auditors a lot about you as an artist, your tastes, and how you see yourself. To find new pieces, see and read as many new plays as you can, identify authors who tend to write for your taste and range, and ask everyone you know to keep an eye out for pieces for you and do the same for them. Pick pieces that you have a strong connection to. Even if it is the silliest piece imaginable, it should tickle you in some way and express a side of yourself that has some meaning for you. Ten different auditors will like ten different pieces, so forget about trying to please everyone and choose pieces you love.