Professor Robin U. Russin from Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production, UC Riverside interacted with the students of the TV Production and Radio from the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad and their course instructor Dr. Kennedy P. on 27th March 2019. Prof Russin specializes in screenwriting and play-writing and the conversation ranged from how to develop a story and the structure of a screenplay for the visual medium.


Robin Russin is a professor of screenwriting and playwriting in the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, where he has served as both graduate advisor and director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Robin has degrees from Harvard University, University of Oxford, the Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA, where he received his MFA in screenwriting. He previously taught screenwriting at UCLA in their undergraduate and graduate film departments, as well as their Professional Program. He is a Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Writers Guild of America.


Robin has written, produced and directed for film, TV and the theater, including Warner Bros.’ On Deadly Ground; America’s Most Wanted on Fox; and Vital Signs on ABC; and his original one-hour pilot script about King David, Beloved, was adapted by ABC as Of Kings and Prophets. He recently directed the independent feature film, When I Sing, co-starring Chris Mulkey, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles; the Special Jury Award for best low budget feature film at Worldfest Houston; and Best U.S. Feature and Grand Jury Award at Borderlands Film Festival, among others. Another feature he wrote, 2 Hearts, starring Jacob Elordi and Radha Mitchell, is currently in post-production. Among other work for theatre, his play, Painted Eggs, was reviewed by The Los Angeles Times as “ambitious, heart-felt and hypnotic,” and his play, The Face in the Reeds, premiered in an extended four-month run at the Ruskin Group Theatre, where he initiated and leads a workshop for local playwrights.

-PC : Mahender