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Robert Tobin’s actor career spans over twenty years in theatre, film, and television.  He has had the opportunity to take on such great theatrical parts as the title role in Macbeth, Father Flynn in Doubt, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and many more.  He has worked locally in Chicago with companies such as AstonRep, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, and Redtwist among others.  Regionally, he has worked with the Montana, Colorado, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals as well as several companies in Los Angeles including The MET Theatre, Sacred Fools, and The Geffen Playhouse. In 2008, he founded AstonRep Theatre Company in Chicago which has gone on to produce twenty-four critically-acclaimed productions.

In film, he had the lead in one of the first American “Dogme95” films, the internationally-recognized Converging With Angels.  He is also a frequent collaborator with filmmaker, Gerard Jamroz, appearing as the lead in several of his films. As well, his own film which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, Fog won a jury prize as part of the Taiwanese film festival in 2006. Other Film/TV credits include Days of Our Lives, Die Hard, and My Name Is Earl among many others. Robert also does industrial work and lawyer training.


"Robert Tobin is practically unrecognizable playing Tilden. This accomplished actor has proven his skill in productions like “Equus,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” and many others. Here he creates a character who is both tragic and touching. This will be one of the roles for which this gifted actor will long be remembered."- Chicago Theatre Review on Buried Child

"Tilden, played by that remarkable actor Robert Tobin, has starred in so many plays in the Chicago area. He played the role to perfection"- Around The Town Chicago on Buried Child

"When either Tobin or Jairell are onstage, it’s nearly impossible to look away from their characters."-Chicago Reader on Buried Child

"Robert Tobin is Riveting" -Chicago On The Aisle on Time Stands Still 

"The always wonderful Robert Tobin..." Chicago Theatre Review

"Robert Tobin will likewise be the poster Dad of a man trying to counter his fanatically religious wife’s effect on their son" Picture This Post


"...McDonagh's gift as a writer, to deliver up characters we should despise but instead are fascinated by, especially when they're played by actors of the caliber of those in AstonRep's revival. Dylan Todd and Robert Tobin clearly relish playing the brothers." Chicago Reader

"Robert Tobin is frighteningly realistic as the older brother" Chicago Theatre Review

"The multi-talented Robert Tobin has the role of a lifetime as James" TheatreWorld

"Robert Tobin's multi-dimensional Benedick is a pure joy" Independent Record

"Tobin’s Flynn segues from charismatic to creepy so fluidly that the audience is unsure of what to make of him."

Chicago Theatre Beat

"Excellent work from Robert Tobin." -Chicago Critic

"Robert Tobin as Macbeth has imposing stage presence." -Backstage West

"As Lysander, Robert Tobin stands out." -Colorado Drama

"Nods off to Robert Tobin who conveys a good range of emotions." -International Screen

"Robert Tobin is a standout as the Cockney-accented rebel leader, Kenny." -LA Times

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