Acting bio


Rob Maniscalco has been active in the Charleston Theatre community since 2007, portraying Vincent van Gogh in his original cross-disciplinary play about the master called, Vincent John Doe, which became a highlight of the 2018 and 2019 Piccolo Spoleto seasons. Most recently, he performed in the award-winning production of The Diary of Anne Frank, his first production with Flowertown Players. At the Footlight Players he had juicy roles in The Full Monty, Sordid Lives, Rumors, Frost/Nixon and Is He Dead. His favorite role at Footlight was George Bailey in a musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” called Miracle in Bedford Falls. He also has appeared in the College of Charleston’s Shakespeare Project’s Measure for Measure. Rob played a Chicago Mob boss in PURE Theatre’s production of Superior Donuts. He received critical acclaim as John Hale in Threshold Theatre’s production of The Crucible and as Ludwig van Beethoven in 33 Variations.

Rob received his professional acting training at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City.  In 1993 he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New Renaissance Chamber Artists, an experimental ensemble of musicians and actors, premiering original works. He received a double bachelor’s in orchestral performance and teaching. In Detroit, his home town, Rob was host of “Art Beat,” a highly rated TV show on PBS, where he interviewed celebrated artists in their studios. As Rob’s “day job,” he is a nationally recognized artist; his fine art and portraits are part of hundreds of private and public collections throughout North America, including many prominent Charlestonians. He was the courtroom sketch artist for the Dylann Roof and Michael Slager trials.

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