Robin Russin was educated at Harvard, Oxford (which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship), the Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA, where he received his MFA in screenwriting. Robin taught screenwriting at UCLA in their undergraduate and graduate film departments as well as their Professional Program, and is currently Associate Professor of Screenwriting at UC Riverside.
Robin has written for film, theater, television and various national publications, including Scr(i)pt Magazine. Additionally, he co-authored Screenplay: Writing the Picture 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 entertainment credits are the #1 box office feature On Deadly Ground, the eco-thriller starring Steven Seagal and Michael Caine, and many of his other feature spec scripts have been either bought or put under option by both studio and independent producers. His adaptation of Paolo Maurensig's acclaimed novel The Lüneburg Variation is currently in pre-production in Europe, and he has several scripts currently under option, including an action adventure, Code 99, and The Secret of the Smile, a murder mystery involving Leonardo da Vinci.
Robin has been a producer on both independent and TV movies, and in television, he wrote, produced and directed numerous segments and specials for America's Most Wanted and The Prosecutors. He was Senior Producer of the hour-long ABC primetime series, Vital Signs.
Among his plays is Painted Eggs, which was reviewed by The Los Angeles Times as "ambitious, heart-felt and hypnotic," and Dramalogue called "a glorious treat and a wonderful lesson in love." He regularly writes and directs for the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, California.
While at UCLA, Robin was Story Editor on the campus sitcom "Good News, Bad News," and was awarded two Jack Nicholson Awards for excellence in screenwriting. He also directed several short films, was twice a finalist in Chanticleer's "Discovery" program for new directors, and has won or been a finalist in the ScriptPIMP, The Movie Deal, Award Winning Screenwriters, Northwest Film Forum, and other competitions.
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.