TelevisionCo-Star roles on The Breaks, as Indigent Man, an emotionally-distrurbed guy in a police station going on and on about his paranoid delusions. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtas CREEP, for Netflix, as an extremely judgmental guy in a library; the new series Shades of Blue as a Pimp in a seedy motel scene involved in an altercation with an "employee" for NBC; The Mysteries of Laura, as 'the knife-wielding, drugged up Crazy Man' for NBC; Gotham as 'Scarred Man', a jailed killer holding a guard hostage for FOX TV; White Collaras a down-and-out guy for the USA Network (appearing in the final episode of the final season with the creator of the show); The Carrie Diariesfor Warner Bros. as a homeless guy who doesn't like cream cheese, for the CW Channel; Film roles include: an upcoming feature film, Ghost Team, as Crazy Junkie, a meth-head with a conscience; an upcoming feature film, The APP as Ray, a victim turned murderer (starring Sean Faris);A Hollywood Love Story as a Soap producer with questionable methods, Terry Donnellan, Director/Writer; a short/Indie film, Dear Scarlet as Charles Hoffman, a man in love with someone who exists only in his imagination.
Rob attended the High School of Performing Arts and began his career by working in the Off Off Broadway theatre scene. One of these productions, NYC Street Show, moved to an Off B'way theatre, The Actors Playhouse, and an agent (Monty Silver) who saw him in that production represented him on getting cast as the understudy in a production of Landscape of the Body at the NY Public theatre's Newmann Thtre, with Shirley Knight & F. Murray Abraham. When he was asked to replace in the juvenile lead role in Landscape, a few agents from the Bloom Agency attended and the next day was signed with J. Michael Bloom Agency's Legit Dept. Soon after, he was cast and made his Broadway debut, as a replacement in the TONY Award/Pulitzer Prize winning The Shadow Box at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. Following this, he made his film debut in Voices for MGM Studios as Demetrius, with Barry Miller. Next, a workshop production of Nite Lites (Sleeparound Town) at the Public Theatre, under the direction of Wilford Leach. Joseph Papp & his artistic team were interested in the cast & creative team doing this as a main-stage production and encouraged the writer to further develop the piece. Rob was then offered the role, again, in The Shadow Box under the direction of Richard Chamberlain at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, Mass. He was then cast in an Off B'way production of Funeral March for a One Man Band at Westbeth Theatre (with Dwight Schultz) playing Tiny, who had terminal cancer (and this was a musical!). Then, went on to study Stella Adler with Mary Carver, Strasberg's Method with Ed Kovens, and finally, Sanford Meisner's work with James Price, Kathryn Gately and Fred Kareman, respectively.
Recent roles: the Mestizo in The Power & the Glory for the Storm Theatre, and in Victor Gluck's review for Backstage he said "The evening was almost stolen by the slimy, insidious performance of Rob DeRosa as the street beggar who becomes the priest's Judas;" and Martin Denton, for NY Theatre.com said "commanding performance by Rob DeRosa as an unnamed Mestizo who serves as catalyst for the Priest's fall and subsequent redemption"; and the American Theatre Web said "...it comes as an extraordinary surprise when the actor erupts with violent anger and strength." For the NY Fringe Festival Rob played SatanFucker in Deviant, and Soline McLain for NY Theatre.com said "Rob DeRosa's Satan fucker monologue is a highlight of the show." When he played Frank Roman in the original production of Slap & Tickle, Gay City News said "Rob DeRosa is a heartfelt Frank, a young man who suffered a bias crime." Other recent roles are Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple for Cider Mill Playhouse;Bob in Uncle Bob, by Austin Pendelton; Hedda for Curt Dempster's Director's Lab; Mark in By Any Means @ Abron Arts Center; Sydney in Dennis Gets a Life at the Unconscious Collective; Torch in Beirut at the Flatiron theatre.
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