David is a successful, middle-aged psychiatrist working in Ottawa. He has a mixed practice, but he specializes in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, a goal-oriented therapeutic technique that aggressively targets specific anxieties to improve the day-to-day life of the patient. This is ironic because David has been less than pro-active about dealing with his own problems.
Despite the appearance of a well engineered life, David is trapped in a contentious divorce, socially isolated, he frequently drinks to excesses and is arguable depressed. The only real effort he has made to heal himself comes in the form of a book he is writing about one of his patients, Michael Dyer.
This book is a glowing portrait of Michael's heroic battle with anxiety, and represents a sincere attempt on David's part to understand the nature of fear, how one becomes paralyzed by it and how one might triumph over it. Unfortunately, he fails to tell Michael about the book, and this lie sets in motion a series of events that drives David deeper into despair.
He is the co-creator, with Susan Coyne and Mark McKinney, of the critically-acclaimed series Slings & Arrows which, in three seasons, garnered 21 awards. The New York Times wrote, "It's a hoot, and it's kind of a miracle." Recently, the series was named one of the ten best TV shows of the decade by a number of publications including New York Magazine and MacLean's. As well as writing for Slings & Arrows, Bob has written for Made in Canada and Twitch City which was created by and starred Don McKellar.
With Don McKellar, he wrote the book for the post-modern musical The Drowsy Chaperone (2006). Bob played "The Man in the Chair" in many of the musical's incarnations: Toronto Fringe, Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto), Elgin/Winter Garden (Toronto), Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), Novello (London). The Broadway production was nominated for 13 Tonys and won for five including best book for a musical.
His second Broadway show Elf recently completed a successful run at the Hirschfeld Theatre, and will return to Broadway in the late Fall.
Martin has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film and television for three decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four revues, directed three, and had a stint as artistic director.
He has won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, two Geminis, three WGA Screenwriting awards and five Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2006, the Globe & Mail named Bob one of the top ten Canadians in the Arts.