I’m an unschooling parent, writer, and mixed-media artist – focusing on art dolls. But once upon a time……
My parents were both entertainers, and I grew up around cabaret, feathers, sequins and beads. My regular summer job in high school in Australia was working in a travelling theater company putting on Christmas shows for kids – Southern Hemisphere you know.
But it wasn’t until I started studying acting in my early twenties that I became truly fascinated with costuming and sewing. Since then, in a career spanning about 30 years I have been a costume, scenic and lighting designer and worked in every kind of theater from community to educational to “broadway” style, both in Australia and the US.
Along the way I gained a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honors, majoring in Theater Design and Technology. I’ve been a technical director, stage manager, scenic painter, stitcher and sound designer. I’ve taught theater tech to actors. I’ve made props from all kinds of materials. I remember one wonderfully successful build when I made a reproduction of an old time victrola entirely out of faux painted paper and cardboard.
When I came to the US in the early 90’s, I was a freelance art department worker and later Production Designer of independent films. (I did not make “The Dummy” – it’s an irredeemable error on IMDb by the production company – see the comments here for the odd story). I made some early mistakes with my career, and if I could go back in time I would do some things differently – but who knows where I’d be now if I had?
I was sidelined by a car crash in 1997, and then just as I was ready to return to the business, I found I was pregnant. So I took a side street into screenwriting and mixed media art and design, while we raised our home schooled daughter. Currently I’ve set aside the rewrites of my optioned screenplay, as well as a couple of others in different stages of completion, because I have been writing my recently completed authorized biography of my late father-in-law, the Oscar (R) winning actor, James Coburn, “Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn.” It should be available soon.
Meanwhile, please consider my new Kindle book, “Work In Production Part One: How to format your resume to start or upgrade your career in Film and Television Production” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTQPITS.
Currently on hiatus.
I became interested in supporting people as they rediscover and reclaim their creativity after working at Michaels Arts and Crafts stores. Every day I met people, mostly parents trying to help their kids with school projects, who expressed a lot of insecurity about their own creative abilities. The constantly repeated phrase was “I’m not creative”, along with it’s cousin, “I’m not artistic”. Yet they all believe that their children are creative – just brimming with creativity!
The Creativity Blast Blog is a collection of themed “lessons” or ideas about creativity, combined with tweets of project ideas or resources. It’s free and fun, and I hope you will join the site and follow me on Twitter. The site is pretty quiet at the moment – because of my aforementioned biography project, but there are plenty of older posts to get you started, and every now and then something new pops up.
~ Robyn Coburn email@example.com
Here are my Résumés:
Robyn Coburn – Art Department
|Seventh Veil (Released 2003; filmed 1999)||Heron International Pictures Director: Amin Q. Chaudhri||Production Design|
|True Friends (1998)||2nd Generation Films Prod/Dir: James Quattrochi||Production Design|
|Kid Cop (1996)||Brainstorm Media Prod: Meyer Shwarzstein, Noel Zanitsch Director: Rob Malenfant||Production Design|
|The Nurse (1997)||IV Productions/Image Prod: Richard Brandes, Pierre David Director: Rob Malenfant||Production Design|
|The Fiance (aka Man of Her Dreams) (1997)||Image Organization/LIVE Prod: Pierre David, Ken Sanders Director: Marty Kitrosser||Production Design|
|The Dentist (1996)||Trimark/HBO Prod: Pierre David Prod Designer: William V. Ryder||Art Director/Set decorator|
|Yesterday’s Target(1996)||IRS Media Prod: Melanie Ray Prod Designer: William V. Ryder||Art Director|
|Special Delivery (aka The Calling)(1999)||The Calling LLC Prod: Marci & Scott Wellman Prod Designer: William V. Ryder||Art Director|
|Love Kills (1997)||Love Kills LLC Prod/Dir: Mario Van Peebles Prod Designer: W. Brooke Wheeler||Set Decorator|
|Blue Motel (1997)||Blprod, Inc Prod Designer: W. Brooke Wheeler||Set Decorator|
|Club VR (1996)||Mystique Films Prod Designer: Jesse Johnston||Set Decorator|
|Charades (1996)||Mystique Films Prod Designer: Jesser Johnston||Set Decorator|
|One Man’s Justice (aka One Tough Bastard) (1996)||LIVE Entertainment Prod Design: Terri Schaetzle||On-set Dresser|
|Serial Killer (1995)||Inferno Productions Dir: Pierre DavidProd Designer: W. Brooke Wheeler||On-set Dresser|
|The Secretary (1995)||Image Organization Prod: Pierre DavidProd Designer: William V. Ryder||On-set Dresser|
|Cage II (1994)||Rocket Pictures Prod Designer: William V. Ryder||On-set Dresser|
|Love and a .45(1994)
|Trimark Dir: C.M. Talkington||Scenic Painter|
|A Bug’s Life: The Real Dirt||ABC SpecialWeller/Grossman||Set Decorator|
|John Huston Award, 1995||Artist’s Rights Foundation Prod: Alan Gitlin||Set Designer – live awards show|
|A Night at the Academy Awards with Jonathon Ross (2002/03/04)
|BBC TV Prod Designers/consultants: Vicki Baral & Gerry Harriton||Set Decorator|
|Stigmata .44 (short film)(1996)||Mental Properties Dir: Nick Goodman||Production Designer|
|Superfreaks (short film)||Monkeysmash Ent Prod/Director:Raymond Kinsey||Production Designer|
LIVE THEATER CREDITS
Dial M For Murder Long Beach Playhouse Set Design
The Sisters Rosensweig Long Beach Playhouse Studio Set Design
Marriage-Go-Round Long Beach Playhouse Set Design
A Soldier’s Play Long Beach Playhouse Studio Lighting Design
Guys and Dolls Bayou Theater, Houston Costume Design
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Arena Theater, Texas City Costume Design
A View From the Bridge Arena Theater, Texas City Production Stage Manager
Greek The Rep Theatre, Sydney Set and Lighting Design
Love Lemmings The Rep Theatre, Sydney Set and Lighting Design
The Nonsense Boy The Rep Theatre, Sydney Set/Lighting/Costume
My Mother Said I Never Should The Rep Theatre, Sydney Set and Lighting Design
The Trial The Rep Theatre, Sydney Set and Lighting Design
A Picture of Dorian Gray Iron Cove Theatre, Sydney Set and Lighting Design
Wait Until Dark Iron Cove Theatre, Sydney Set and Costume Design
Macbeth &The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare Where You Like It,
Touring company Set and Costume Design
A Kind of Alaska Fig Tree Theatre, Sydney Lighting and Sound Design
Henry IV, Part One Phoenix Group, Wollongong Lighting Design
Hating Alison Ashley Theatre South, Wollongong Set and Costume Design
Mother Courage and Her Children Theatre South Asst. Set & Costume Design
Othello Phoenix Group, Wollongong Lighting Design
Hamlet Phillip Street Theatre Asst. Set & Costume Design
Morning Sacrifice Griffin Theatre Co., Sydney Costume Design
Sandinista New Theatre, Sydney Costume Design
Yobbo Nowt New Theatre, Sydney Costume Design
Koala Kapers New Theatre, Sydney Costume Design
Waiting for the Parade New Theatre, Sydney Costume Design
Here Comes Kisch New Theatre, Sydney Costume Design
La Cage Aux Folles Her Majesty’s, Sydney Head Dresser/Wardrobe
Fiddler on the Roof Her Majesty’s, Sydney Dresser
Camelot Her Majesty’s, Sydney Dresser