Robert Gladding grew up in southern Pennsylvania where he attended York Catholic High School. He went to Middlebury College in Vermont, spent his junior year in London, England, and graduated with a double major in English and Theater, directing such shows as Shepard's TOOTH OF CRIME and adapting Salinger (ZOOEY UNDER GLASS) and acting as his protagonist. He then moved to New York City, first training and auditioning, then working as an actor, producer and director. He wrote his first play in 1992, and began writing fiction in 1995.
In 2001 he was selected for the NYC Teaching Fellows program and began teaching 9th grade English and Drama at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. The following year he began experimenting with making films in his classroom and the neighborhoods around the newly created Fordham Arts H.S. in the Bronx, creating a multi-media adaptation of Walter Dean Myers' MONSTER.
In 2004 he graduated City College and began teaching English, Drama and Filmmaking at Eleanor Roosevelt. Now in his eleventh year at ElRo, Robert teaches 11th grade American Literature in a critical theory based curriculum that he designed, as well as A.P. Literature and Composition, Drama, and a FILM LAB for 11th and 12th graders dedicated to making short films (go to MEDIA and see VIDEO COLLECTION). He has adapted and directed 12TH NIGHT, TAMING OF THE SHREW and THE REVENGERS TRAGEDY for the ElRo stage. His screenplay DEJA VU based on advanced filmmaking student ideas and inspired by a host of mind benders was produced by the advanced filmmaking sections over 2 years, premiering at ElRo in June 2012.
Robert was co-lead instructor for four years for the Summer intensive filmmaking workshop with the Tribeca Film Institute. He has also completed a 32 minute experimental short, DAYS DANCE (with collaborator Tony Gannon) and acts in indie and graduate films around NYC (see stills etc on facebook.com/RobGladding).
Go to LINKS to see Filmmaking and Am Lit project work!