Class of 1981; Elected 2012
Robbi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. from Georgia State University in 1998 and received her M.S. in Personality and Social Psychology from Northeastern University in 2001. She also received her M.F.A. in Stage and Screenwriting from Lesley University in 2010. In 2011, Robbi won The Kennedy Center Paula Vogel National Playwrights Award for her full- length play Po Sui Mu Lam (Broken Prayer), a political look at the ravages of war in the Twentieth Century. Her short plays have been produced in Hollywood and Boston. Currently, her freelance writing projects include the adaptations of Twenty-Five Yards of War: the Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Men in WWII for television, and a series of children’s books for film entitled The Ship of Dreams. Robbi is the founder of the Artist’s Donor Initiative, a fledgling initiative that inspires artists of all kinds to donate blood, platelets, and bone marrow to those in need.
She is this year an Invited Observant to the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and was a guest artist at the Kennedy Center’s Summer Writer’s Intensive in 2010. Her screen projects have been successful in several film festivals including the Atlanta International Film Festival where Embracing the Fall was a finalist in 2009, Last Call was a short film finalist at the Ashville International Film Festival in 2009, and Veiled was a Zoetrope Quarter Finalist in 2008.
Robbi’s professional affiliations include The Dramatist Guild of America, Massachusetts Production Coalition, American Theater for Higher Education, the Association of Writers and Writers Programs, and the New England Theatre Conference. She is also a founding member of the Proscenium Playwrights.
Robbi lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with her husband Jon, her daughter Olivia (10) and son John (9), and two stepdaughters, Laura (16) and Julia (18).