Robert Ford's plays include My Father's War, 'Twas the Night, The Fall of the House, Look Away, The Spiritualist, Tierra del Fuego and numerous shorts and one-acts, including Girl Band in the Men's Room, awarded Best Theatre in the 2011 Hollywood Fringe. Other producers of his work include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, TheatreSquared, Hyde Park Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, Festival Internazionale Valle Christi and numerous colleges and universities, with staged readings at New York Theatre Workshop, Abingdon Theatre, Playwrights Playground, Arkansas Rep, American Stage, English Theatre Berlin and many others.
Awards include the Stanley Drama Award, Porter Literary Fund Prize, Edgar Award (nominee), Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship, James A. Michener Fellowhip, Heekin Group Foundation's James Fellowship, Marc A. Klein Playwriting Award (special commendation), Morton R. Sarett National Playwriting Competition (finalist). His award-winning novel, The Student Conductor, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was listed among the ten best first novels of 2003 by both Library Journal and Booklist.
He has MFAs in acting (Rutgers) and playwriting (Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin), and a Masters of Music (Yale). He resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he is artistic director of TheatreSquared and directs the MFA playwriting program at the University of Arkansas.