Discipline: Theatre – playwriting, Theatre – performance

Robin Frohardt

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting, Theatre – performance
Region: Saugerties, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016, 2023

Known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is an award-winning theater and film director. Her narrative-based film, puppetry, and sculpture use recognizable materials, often trash, to create richly detailed worlds that make magic of the mundane and highlight the trivialities of daily life.

Her theatrical work has earned her a Guggenheim fellowship, a Creative Capital award, and multiple Jim Henson Foundation grants. Her play, The Pigeoning, hailed by The New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” debuted in 2013, and continues to tour at home and abroad. Her follow-up project, The Plastic Bag Store, premiered in Times Square in 2020 and has since appeared in Los Angeles, Chicago, Adelaide, and Austin. Her films have been official selections at The Telluride Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, The One Earth Film Festival, and BAM.



Robin Frohardt worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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