Team StarKid Wiki
Advertisement
Team StarKid Wiki
Trigger warning on this page for transphobia and sexual harassment.
We here at the StarKid wiki stand against sexual harassment and condemn the actions of Robert Manion

Robert Manion is an Australian actor who made his Starkid debut in 2013 in Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier. He later went on to become a key cast member of the Hatchetfield series.

During the StarKid Summer Season in 2014, Robert helped out backstage during Ani and The Trail To Oregon! In Firebringer, Robert was the Production Assistant and snarl's left paw. He has also worked with Tin Can Brothers, having designed the set for Solve-It Squad Returns.

In 2019, Robert won the Los Angeles Broadway World award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Local for his performance as Professor Hidgens in The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals[1]

Robert now resides in Los Angeles with Jon Matteson.

Controversy[]

In 2020, photos were circling in the twitter community in which Starkid actors were edited into the opposite gender, typically called genderbent edits. Robert along with other StarKid actors attempted to join in the fun by retweeting some of these edits. However, the trans community quickly pointed out the issues with such edits and how they play into the gender binary. While the majority of the actors then apologized and deleted the posts, Robert attempted to debate the posting of the edits and ignored the concerns of the trans community as he spoke over trans voices.

Eventually he apologized, however he then later went on to tag a TikTok video he made with the hashtag genderbent showing how he ignored the attempts made by the trans community to better educate him. This led to Robert being accused of being transphobic.

Later, in Robert's 2021 pride tweet he referred to the nonbinary community as "the theys and thems" which was further seen as problematic due to him reducing the community down to merely their pronouns.

This was later furthered by Robert questioning whether it was okay to call nonbinary people "binary rebels" in a tweet on July 14, 2021, this many nonbinary people said that this term made them somewhat uncomfortable and that they'd just rather be called nonbinary. However, Robert later went on to imply that he'd had a positive response from his suggestion and said he would likely use it, once again ignoring the attempts of the nonbinary community to better educate him.

On September 23, 2021, Robert posted an Instagram story admitting to sexually harassing his colleague via unsolicited messages and sexual remarks, leading to major backlash from the fandom.

He later posted an additional explanation of the situation and stated that the original story was posted consensually as a way to resolve the subject with his colleague. Team Starkid issued a statement as well after consulting with an HR professional, saying the Robert will not be participating in Nightmare Time Season 2, so he can work on bettering himself and rebuilding trust with his colleagues.

On October 14th, 2021, Robert posted a now deleted tweet saying he saying he related to Evan Hansen, because he figured Evan was Transphobic.

"Fan-Turned-Friend"[]

Robert befriended the group in 2012 through a songwriting competition for A Very Potter Senior Year with his winning song, The Wizard Duel. He also separately won in the category of costume design, without being realized by the officiators that he was the same person in both categories. Due to time restraints put on rehearsals, his song wasn't used in the musical. However, StarKid allowed him to sit alongside them at the Leakycon Q&A panel to present his song. Within the same weekend, he also was offered to fill in last minute for Jim and the Povolosat the Beat Kitchen, when Dylan Saunders was unable to make the performance. That following year, Robert was approached to join the cast of Twisted, thus marking his own StarKid debut.

Robert was a big fan of Team StarKid before he won the songwriting competition. In a 2013 interview about preparing for Twisted, Robert said:

"I'm originally from Tasmania, a lonely piece of land shaped like a broken heart that lies just off Australia's southern coast (literally, the opposite side of the globe to the cornflake-shaped Illinois). So, while I had seen StarKid's work online before, even just from a geographical standpoint, I never considered the possibility of being involved with the University of Michigan-originated group

...

"Less than a year ago, I was just an audience member and have somehow jumped the fence into the other paddock and am performing with people whose craft I respect so highly. What's even more awesome is finding out that they are just as wonderful and inspiring off-stage as well as on." [2]

Additional Theatre[]

  • Max Bialystock - The Producers (2012)
  • Choreographer - Heathers (2017- Tasmanian Production)
  • Moritz Stiefel - Spring Awakening (2018)
  • Special Guest (himself) - Spoopy Broadway (2019)

Filmography[]

YouTube[]

Robert_answers_fan_questions_regarding_Twisted.

Robert answers fan questions regarding Twisted.

ROB IS BEAUTIFUL (no he isn't)

Robert has a fairly successful YouTube channel, attracting over 16 million views and 66,800 subscribers. He can also be heard on the channels HISHE and OnlyLeigh. He originally began using YouTube in 2007 with his channel called yayformerob, which centered around making Goosebumps fan videos.

On September 1st 2019, he collaborated with fellow StarKid member Mariah Rose Faith when the two sang a cover of "Seventeen" from Heathers: The Musical on Mariah's YouTube channel.

On April 12th of 2020, Robert organized a reading of 1996's Scream with a number of other StarKids. Following this stream, Robert organized subsequent readings of Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family Values.

Additional Facts[]

  • He stated during an Instagram live stream that he is 6 feet tall, but generally 6'1" in shoes.
  • He lives with Jon Matteson and Nick Lang.
  • Robert held the record for a long while of being the youngest non-original member to join Starkid, having made his debut in Twisted at 19 years old. He has since been beaten by Kendall Nicole, wherein she was 13 years old during rehearsals through till the first week of Black Friday's run.
  • Throughout rehearsals for Twisted many of the Starkids would randomly use an Australian accent. Eventually, Brian Holden put out an email telling the other Starkids to stop.
  • He shares a birthday with friend and fellow Starkid, Mariah Rose Faith.
  • In 1999, he and his family moved to Japan and lived there a full year before returning to Australia.
  • He had Tonsillitis during the run of The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals.
  • He loves John Mulaney.
  • Robert publicly came out as bisexual on June 10, 2020.[3]
Advertisement