About Me

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 indy production company.

Projects in various stages of conception include creativity support courses, a couple of screenplays, another biography, a book about upcycling clothing, a fantasy novel, a TV treatment, as well as more books about working in entertainment. My husband and I are working on a business that will help middle schoolers with their crafty school projects, including dioramas, models and miniatures.

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


Meet Robyn L. Coburn of Robyn Coburn Resume Review


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 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                                               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