AEA * SAG -AFTRA
Experienced and respected in theater from one coast to the other, Robert is known as a remarkably versatile actor and singer. Well trained at Temple University and The Juilliard School, he is equally at home in Repertory, on Broadway and in front of a camera. He co-starred last year in the Off-Broadway Musical Play, "Two's A Crowd", opposite comedienne extraordinaire, Rita Rudner
An admitted character actor from his early years, and blessed with a rich lyric baritone of effortless range, he has been described as an "absolutely natural all around leading man", garnering epithets for his work that lean from "raucous" and "hilariously deadpan" all the way to "emotionally intense" and "broodingly dark".
Robert starred in the Los Angeles Premieres of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Chess, the West Coast Premieres of Legacy of Light and Romance, Romance, and debuted a Bernstein aria never heard before in performance in The Bernstein Peter Pan. He also appeared in the celebrated Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry opus Parade at the Mark Taper Forum. His 2017 Sondheim concert performances include the roles of Ben in Follies and Fredrik in A Little Night Music.
Robert has had the honor of sharing the stage with luminaries such as Carol Burnett, Leslie Uggams, Herschel Bernardi and Theodore Bikel, and has had the fortunate opportunity to work under the direction of the great Jerome Robbins. He can also proudly count himself as one of Cyd Charisse's dance partners.
A true triple threat, Robert's other talents include work in numerous accents, opera, folk guitar, piano, saxophone, stage combat, sport fencing and horsemanship. He is also the "Voice of God" at the L.A. Stage Alliance's annual Ovation Awards ceremony and just debuted his new solo cabaret act, Opening Doors, in August of 2017. Robert had just competed pre-production and was about to go into rehearsal as the Director of Musical Theater Guild's "Rewind 2" Benefit when the world shut down.
Robert is continuing to work from home during Shelter in Place, appearing in his fourth Kritzerland Cabaret From Home on August 9th, 2020 on Facebook Live & YouTube Live at 5PM West Coast time. He has also performed online with the Valley Village Choir, their third 50 person offering coming soon.
"Opening Doors as is is certainly a wonderfully riveting presentation of songs and stories of this terrific singer's life. His powerhouse voice pulls you in, keeps you listening attentively and never lets go. Don't miss Robert Yacko when he performs this or any other show. "
- Don Grigware, Grigware Reviews.
Ragtime, Hello, Dolly, Parade by Isaac James Creative; Legacy of Light by kevinhameimages