My Story

My parents were both entertainers, who traveled  the world performing in cabarets and night clubs. I grew up around song and dance, feathers,  sequins and beads – and performing seals.

In a career spanning about 30 years, I have  been a costume, scenic and lighting designer, and loved working in every kind of theater from  community to educational to “broadway” style.

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, until I repurposed my life as a homeschooling mother, writer and textile artist.

Meanwhile my husband James, a production sound mixer, was teaching sound at a film school. One of the students asked him for advice about his resume, and James asked for my input. I helped, then when it happened again, I realized that there was a serious need for someone with experience both as a worker and a department head to help these kids with the nitty-gritty of writing an industry standard resume. Resume Review was born.

Now I help people write their resumes, plan their career path, understand how to craft a cover letter, find job leads, and understand the peculiarities of the dreaded Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

And I write, most recently books about working in the film industry, the “Work in Production” series. I have just completed the upcoming authorized biography of my late father-in-law, the Oscar (r) winning actor, James Coburn, “Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn” with a Foreword by James H. Coburn IV.

I also have written crafting columns for an international magazine, been a feature writer and guest writer for e-zines about alternative education and mindful parenting, and articles and musings about the film industry, homeschooling, and creativity, and have a screenplay in development with an indie production company.

Projects in various stages of conception include creativity support courses, a couple of screenplays, another biography, a book about upcycling clothing, a middle grade fantasy novel series, a TV treatment, as well as more books about working in entertainment. 

My dream is to hold artists’ and writers’ retreats in my own haven somewhere beautiful.

Published Works
Photo: James H. Coburn
Work In Production Part Two book cover

 My Author Page on Amazon


“Dervish Dust: The Life and Words of James Coburn”

by Robyn L. Coburn with a Foreword by James H. Coburn IV.

The authorized biography.

More info: The James and Paula Coburn Foundation

In the Press

My Other Site  – the Creativity Blast Blog.

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 wonderful free project ideas or resources. Very shortly there will be a major reboot that will include even more inspiration, and new online courses to support your creativity, personal growth and productivity as artists, makers and creators.

~ Robyn Coburn                                     

Here are my Resumes:

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: Jesse 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 David             
Prod Designer: W. Brooke Wheeler
On-set Dresser
The Secretary (1995)Image Organization          
Prod: Pierre David         
Prod 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
Second Unit Art Dept. Coordinator
A Bug’s Life: The Real DirtABC SpecialWeller/Grossman Set Decorator
John Huston Award, 1995Artist’s Rights Foundation      Prod: Alan GitlinSet Designer – live awards show
A Night at the Academy Awards with Jonathon Ross (2002/03/04)BBC TV
Production Designers/Consultants: Vicky Baral & Gerry Hariton
Set Decorator


Stigmata .44 (short film)(1996)Mental Properties Dir: Nick GoodmanProduction Designer
Superfreaks (short film)Monkeysmash Ent Prod/Director:Raymond KinseyProduction 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        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/Lighting
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 Shakespeare Where You Like It, Touring company Set/Costume Design
The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare Where You Like It Set/Costume Design

A Kind of Alaska   Fig Tree Theatre, Sydney    Lighting/Sound Design
Henry IV, Part One    Phoenix Group, Wollongong        Lighting Design
Hating Alison Ashley   Theatre South, Wollongong    Set and Costume Design
Mother Courage & 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