Rob Adler


Adjunct Lecturer
The Theater School/Goodman School of Drama

Rob Adler is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He  is a an internationally recognized expert in improvisational acting. He specializes in teaching actors how to get out of their head and bring spontaneity, presence and play to theatre, film & television scripts so well-prepared performances look improvised. He is an actor, director, teacher and the founder of the AdlerImprov Studio in Hollywood, a coach for actors, directors and production companies like Lionsgate, Disney, FOX, NBC and ABC and notably on national television as the on-air acting coach for Disney’s High School Musical: Get in the Picture.

In 2013, Adler directed the film iVOTE, based on the true story of a whistleblower, starring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts and Emmy Award winners Dan Lauria and Sharon Lawrence. A long time activist, Adler’s artistic mission is to raise awareness of peace and progress issues, which is also reflected in the plays he has directed, including Paul Robeson: The Artist Must Take Sides in Chicago. He devised and directed Patriot Act, starring acclaimed performer Roger Guenveur Smith (Do the Right Thing, American Gangster), continuing his long time affiliation with Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater. For the Will Geer Theater, Adler directed Rise & Shout, starring Joe Mantegna, Jack Klugman, Jean Smart and Wendie Malick.

His work has been sought internationally in Tokyo, Johannesburg, Nassau for the Bahamas International Film Festival and for Top Model Sweden. Adler studied in Chicago at The Theater School/Goodman School of Drama and prior to that in the UK and NYC.

His expertise in improvisation and acting was honed under the mentorship and tutelage of Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and Paul Sills, in Spolin, Viewpoints and Commedia Del Arte, with the Groundlings, Second City, Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang. Adler also holds a certificate in Film Directing from UCLA.