Robin Russin

Robin Uriel Russin is Professor of screenwriting and playwriting at the University of California, Riverside. He has written and directed for the stage, with plays produced in Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland and elsewhere. Theatrical productions include Painted Eggs at Harman Avenue Theatre in Los Angeles CA, the world premiere of Kevin Cramer’s Bacciarelli at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica CA, and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and the west coast premiere of Charles Evered’s Class at the Culver Center for the Arts in Riverside CA, which won an Inland Empire Theatre Award for directing. His new play about a family struggling through a Passover dinner, The Face In The Reeds, was workshopped as a Culver Arts Research Lab production in March 2014 and officially premiered in August, 2014 at the Ruskin Group Theatre. He has presented papers and recently published an article on The Merchant of Venice in Shofar: A Journal of Jewish Studies. He has also written and directed for TV, including The Prosecutors for the Discovery Channel, Vital Signs for ABC, America’s Most Wanted and Alcatraz: The Escape for Fox. Russin co-authored the widely used books Screenplay: Writing the Picture and Naked Playwriting, and his stories, articles and reviews have appeared in national publications. Film credits include On Deadly Ground, Abracadabra and Shark in a Bottle. Russin is a former Rhodes Scholar with degrees in art history, English Literature, sculpture, and screenwriting. He has participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, presented and published papers on Shakespeare, film noir and dramatic storytelling, and won major national awards for screenwriting.


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