Robyn Coburn is a writer, artist, production designer of independent films, and theater designer.
Both Robyn’s parents were entertainers, so she spent her childhood traveling in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. She started acting professionally at age 16 with a touring troupe. She studied Method Acting with Hayes Gordon at Ensemble Studios in Sydney and became fascinated with “the technical side” of theater. Since then she has been a costume, set and lighting designer, stage manager, scenic painter, stitcher and sound designer, and worked in every kind of theater from community to educational to “broadway” style, both in Australia and the US.
In 1990 she gained a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honors, majoring in Theater Design and Technology from the University of Wollongong. She then taught theater tech to actors at Ensemble Studios, while working as the resident designer and TD of The Rep Theatre, the Studio’s graduate theater company in Sydney, Australia.
When she came to the USA in the early 90’s, she was a freelance designer of independent films and community theater, before repurposing her life as an artist, writer, and homeschooling mother. In addition to many articles about arts & crafts and home education in magazines and online publications, her published works are Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE. Dec 2021) the authorized biography of late screen icon, the Oscar® winning actor, James Coburn, and the first two books in an ongoing career development series, Work in Production.
Robyn helps people format their résumés and cover letters for film and theater production jobs. Most recently she has found success as a grant writer, as Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee with the professional networking group, Women In Media.