About Me

Robyn Coburn Robyn L. Coburn – BCA (Hons)

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.

My Other Site  – the Creativity Blast Blog.

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                                               dezignarob@gmail.com

Here are my Résumés:

Robyn Coburn – Art Department

Feature Films

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)

Short Films

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


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


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