Robin Russin is a professor of screenwriting and playwriting in the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, where he has served as both graduate advisor and director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Robin has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, the Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA, where he received his MFA in screenwriting. He previously taught screenwriting at UCLA in their undergraduate and graduate film departments, as well as their Professional Program. He is a Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Writers Guild of America.
Robin has written, produced, consulted and directed for numerous film, TV and theatre productions, including the box office hit On Deadly Ground; America’s Most Wanted on Fox; and Vital Signs on ABC, where he was Senior Producer. Among the plays he has directed are Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Charles Evered’s Class, and Eric Barr’s A Piece of My Mind. Many of his other feature spec scripts have been either bought or put under option by both studio and independent producers, and he has been hired to write a number of adaptations and rewrites as well. He co-authored Screenplay: Writing the Picture now in its second edition, and Naked Playwriting (both published by Silman-James Press). Screenplay: Writing the Picture was reviewed by Lew Hunter, co-chair of UCLA’s screenwriting department, as the “best book about screenwriting and being a screenwriter ever written.” Among Robin’s plays is Painted Eggs, which was reviewed by The Los Angeles Times as “ambitious, heart-felt and hypnotic,” and called “a glorious treat and a wonderful lesson in love;” and The Face in the Reeds, which premiered in an extended run in Santa Monica, and is slated for production in New York. His original one-hour pilot script and bible about King David, Beloved, is now adapted and in production as Of Kings and Prophets on ABC.His stories, articles and reviews have been appeared in Script Magazine, Verdad, Connotation Press, RivetsLit, Harvard Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Oxonian, Shofar, and elsewhere.
Robin has won or been a finalist numerous awards, including two Jack Nicholson Awards for excellence in screenwriting, and competitions such as ScriptPIMP, The Movie Deal, Award Winning Screenwriters, Northwest Film Forum, ScreenCraft, TV Writer People’s Pilot Award and others. He is Editor At Large for Connotation Press, and regularly writes and directs for the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, California, where he leads a playlab for developing new works for the stage.
Born and raised in Wyoming and Italy, Robin currently lives in Los Angeles. He also works as a sculptor, and has taught art, literature and art history.