Robert Metrick
The Un Known

Robert Metrick is a Chicago-based writer, composer, and director. He has created performance works, ranging from solo monologues to fully-staged operatic ensemble productions, as well as installations, films, videos, and sound pieces. He has published poetry and personal non-fiction works on his anonymous blog (which he sometimes reveals to certain persons, at random).

His ongoing collaboration with graphic artist/photographer Emily Waters, entitled there is no chicken, was recently exhibited at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection is viewable at

Metrick’s performance work has been presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rhinoceros Theater Festival among other performance venues and galleries in Chicago and nationally. He is currently working with the performance ensemble Lucky Pierre on a collaborative project with artists in the UK that will take place in November 2013.

He has been honored with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was awarded the Ryerson Fellowship.

Art critic Kathryn Hixson once described Metrick’s work as a "cross between Beckettinian existentialism and a high school production of Oklahoma!"