Robert Schenkkan was born in Chapel Hill, NC, but grew up in Austin, Texas. As a Plan II Honors student he received a B.A. in drama from the University of Texas (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Friars' Society, Distinguished Young Alumnus, and Littlefield Society) and an M.F.A. in theatre arts from Cornell University.
Robert is the author of The Kentucky Cycle, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama – the first play in the history of the Pulitzer to win before its New York premier. He has written and published 14 other full-length plays. He co-wrote the feature film, The Quiet American, and his television work includes among others, The Pacific (two Emmy nominations, WGA Award), The Andromeda Strain, and Crazy Horse. His most recent play, All The Way, is currently on Broadway starring Bryan Cranston, where it has won the Edward Kennedy Prize, the Steinberg/ATCA Award, the NY Drama Critics Circle Best New Play Award and been nominated for a Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk, and Drama League awards. Its sequel, The Great Society, opens July 27, 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.