Beginning the Beverly Hills Playhouse San Francisco in 2009 with 7 students, Rob, and later on with Peter, has grown the BHP/SF to nearly 100 students in 5 classes. In addition to serving as Artistic Director for the Firescape Theatre, Rob has directed several plays including the SF premiere of Engagement, The Importance of Being Earnest, Four Dogs & a Bone, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Talk Radio starring Peter Allas. Most recently, he produced and directed a widely acclaimed rendition of Yellow Face by David Henry Wang, with sold out shows in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Rob 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.
After taking a break to do some globe trotting, Rob arrived in LA to begin learning about Film & TV. He has appeared in Twin Peaks, HBO’s 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. Rob also worked onstage in LA’s The Matrix Theater’s The Tavern and the Beverly Hills Playhouse as the lead in Prelude to a Kiss.
Rob became a student of Milton Katselas in 1991, and over the next decade plus, he dedicated himself not only to his studies but to the growth of other students as well. He is fascinated with the process of actors discovering what elements of the teaching work best for them. Now, teaching as many as seven classes per week and commuting between San Francisco and Z/A’s Los Angeles classes, Rob has for over 30 years helped guide literally thousands of students to the rewards offered by Milton Katselas’ technique and his vision of ‘a room full of stars.’ He is excited by all the possibilities of expanding his creative efforts with into Z/A Studio.
Peter Allas trained at Boston University Theatre BFA program and Fordham U. (Lincoln Center NYC) as well as the famed "Circle Rep Co.” directors program under B. Rodney Marriott. He studied under Master teacher and director Milton Katselas for over 21 years and has been associated with the Beverly Hills Playhouse as a teacher for over 10 years. In 2003 he started BHP/New York and then joined Rob Zimmerman in teaching at BHP/San Francisco.
He is an LA Critics (Dt. Story) and Helen Hayes (American Buffalo-Wash. DC) nominated stage actor and has 30+ years of major stage experience including Seattle Rep (Anna in The Tropics), Jupiter/Maltz (Glengarry Glen Ross), and Mark Taper (Expecting Isabel). He also starred in a special engagement revival of Talk Radio in San Francisco directed by Rob Zimmerman.
From TV he is widely recognized for Seinfeld (Calzone Man), The Sopranos (Salvatore from Napoli), and Il MIo Fratello Gioacchino - My Brother Jack (Naples & Method Fest winner). Films include Spider-Man 2, Encino Man & S.W.A.T.
He has directed some notable revivals such as 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 San Francisco directorial debut with Reasons To Be Pretty.
Mr. Allas is very pleased to be branching out into new territory with Z/A Studios with his longtime associate and colleague Robert Zimmerman to continue the message of his mentor, Milton Katselas and help artists put their "Dreams into Action" at the highest level.