Rob Crisell is a writer, actor, educator, and attorney in Southern California. After two decades in publishing, national non-profit work, law, and commercial real estate, he’s now is a full-time writer. As an actor, he is participating in his fifth season with Shakespeare in the Vines (SITV), where he’s appeared in The Merchant of Venice, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Mary Stuart, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth (2017). He’s a visiting teaching artist with the Murrieta Unified School District, where he introduces Shakespeare to students in elementary through high school. He’s also a visiting instructor at St. Jeanne de Lestonnac and other area schools, and runs SITV’s annual high school monologue competition, which he began in 2013. He’s the author and performer of the one-man Red, White & Bard: A Celebration of Shakespeare in America. He’s a graduate of Yale University and George Mason University Law School. His first novel for middle schoolers, The Zoo of Impossible Animals, was published in 2016. He lives in Temecula with his family.