Robert Zimmerman started working professionally at age eleven at The Sharon Playhouse. The next several years included training with Jack O'Brien (Old Globe Theater) and Tony Richardson (British National Theater) and some 60 stage productions from Connecticut to San Diego. An accomplished director for the stage as well as short films, Rob is currently working as a project developer for two feature films and passionately devoted to bringing more film and TV projects to the Bay Area.
He has appeared in Twin Peaks, The Larry Sanders Show, Port Charles and starred in the BBC made for TV movie, Murder, Too. Other film credits include the controversial Don's Plum with Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire and Working Trash with Ben Stiller and George Carlin.
Robert first came to the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1991 and, in the words of Jeffrey Tambor, 'found [his] home.' Over the next decade plus, he dedicated himself not only to his studies, but to the other students' growth, as well. He is fascinated with the process of actors discovering what elements of the teaching work best for them. Working in as many as seven classes per week, Robert helped guide literally hundreds of San Francisco and LA students to the rewards offered by Milton Katselas' technique and vision of 'a room full of stars.'
Peter Allas is a certified California state teacher trained at Boston University Theatre B.F. A program and continuing education at Fordham U. (Lincoln Center NYC) and the famed "Circle Rep Co". directors program under B. Rodney Marriott. He studied under Master Broadway director Milton Katselas for over 21 years and has been associated with the Beverly Hills Playhouse as a teacher for over 10 years from "accent and dialect" to "scene study and directing". In 2003 he created the NYC branch of the Beverly Hills Playhouse before making his last run on the NY stage in the Off-Broadway premiere of Dinner With The Boys.
He is an LA Critics (Dt. Story) and Helen Hayes (American Buffalo in Wash. DC) nominated stage actor, and multi-festival award winning film actor with over 30 years of experience from Seattle Rep (Anna in The Tropics), Jupiter/Maltz (Glengarry Glen Ross), and Mark Taper (Expecting Isabel). He recently starred in a special engagement revival of Talk Radio in San Francisco directed by Robert Zimmerman. He is widely recognized for Seinfeld (Calzone Man), The Sopranos (Salvatore form Napoli), and Il MIo Fratello Gioacchino - My Brother Jack (Naples & Method Fest winner).
He has directed some notable revivals from American Buffalo, Extremities, Greek Fables, the world premiere of Winter Chimes in NYC, Savage In Limbo (1995 LA Critics pick), Italian American Reconciliation (2002) to his most recent San Francisco directorial debut of Reasons To Be Pretty.
Mr. Allas has returned to work with his longtime associate and colleague Robert Zimmerman to continue the message of his mentor and help artists put there "dreams into action" at the highest level.