Robin A. Eriksen’s theatre is never one thing – it’s art in combination. Raised in Norway and trained in the US, he understands theatre as a place to combine different impulses, elements and people. He has assisted some of the most esteemed directors in Norway and America, most recently Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad and Brian Kulick. Robin’s professional experience ranges from small comedic plays to large-scale musicals, always leading his actors to a style where realistic ease meets a mastered showmanship. Whether he’s approaching classical works with a contemporary eye, or exploring new works through the lense of tradition, he hopes to create theatre that transmits profound ideas through accessible entertainment.
Robin’s been in the theatre since childhood, and has a broad experience from the industry. As a trained actor from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York he’s had several major roles, and tackled both musicals and plays, among which can be mentioned Fool for Love (Eddie), Rabbit Hole (Howie), Værstekællær (Paul), and the one-man-show Livets Lenker - stemmer fra hospicet, which he himself translated and produced. For the past few years he’s been part of the entertainment department at Kristiansand Dyrepark AS, both as stage manager, actor and director.
Since 2012 Robin’s main focus has been directing, and has since then directed shows ranging from chamber plays to large scale musicals. He’s also been assistant director to several renowned directors, both in Norway and the US: Catrine Telle (Oslo Nye), Jostein Kirkeby-Garstad (Folketeatret) and Brian Kulick (The Old Globe), among others. His directing credits include Olav den Heldige (Sceneimpuls), Kjærleik (kleint) (Den Mangfaldige Scenen), Tordenskiold - en ekte sjøhelt? (Fredrikstad Kultur), Platonov (Columbia University, Summertime (Columbia Stages) and Natt i Nisseland (Showbøck).
In 2017 Robin received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in New York City – you can download a copy of his thesis paper A Director's Gut and Craft here.
In music he trained as a classical singer during his high school years, as well as a year studying with Ingebjørg Kosmo at Høyskolen i Staffeldtsgate. He was member of the professional choir Norske Kammersangere for several years, where he was regularly used as a soloist, as well as substitute conductor for artistic director Jon Fylling on several occasions. In 2012 Robin was responsible for the visual expression for Brahms' Requiem, a collaborative project between Østfold Symfoniorkester and Norsk Vokalensemble, where he also created a scenic interpretation accompanying the concert. The same year he composed new music for the show Karlsson på Taket at Oslo Nye Teater, directed by Catrine Telle. He’s also collaborated closely with music director Trond Lindheim on the shows Oliver! (Oslo Nye) and Skjønnheten og Udyret (Christiania Teater). In his own shows he’s known for his usage of songs and music to saturate and accent situations, relationships and circumstances. In 2017 Robin served as the Assistant Director on Ariadne auf Naxos, with Arctic Symphony and Opera.
Robin's next project is directing a new play by Nadia Levin at NY Winterfest. Photoluminescence will be playing at The Hudson Guild Theater February 8–11, 2018.
To see a variety of production photos, please visit Robin's Portfolio.