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Tim Robbins

For the past 42 years, Tim Robbins has served as the artistic director for The Actors’ Gang, a theater company he co-founded in 1981 that has over 150 productions and more than 100 awards to their credit. Robbins’ productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Orwell’s 1984Harlequino: On to FreedomEmbedded, and The New Colossus have been performed in five continents and in forty US states. In addition, Robbins’ stage adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking has been performed in over 150 universities in the U.S. and abroad. 

The Actors’ Gang reaches thousands of children with their transformative education programs. Their groundbreaking, nationally recognized Prison Project currently operates in two juvenile detention centers, two re-entry facilities and 12 prisons on 14 yards in the state of California and in Tecate, Mexico. 

As an artistic director, Robbins has trained hundreds of actors and provided a fertile ground for the development of emerging playwrights and directors for the past forty years.

Robbins’s productions with The Actors’ Gang include:

As a Playwright/DirectorThe New Colossus (2019 – 2020), Harlequino: On to Freedom (2017), Break the Whip (2010 – 2011), Embedded (2003 – 2004), Mayhem, the Invasion (1992), Carnage, A Comedy (1988 – 1989), Violence, The Misadventures of Spike Spangle Farmer (1987), and Alagazam (1986)

As a Theater Director: Ubu the King (2022, 1982), We Live On (2020), George Orwell’s 1984 (2006 – 2019), Johnny Got His Gun (2018), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2012 – 2016), Mephisto (2001), The Good Woman of Setzuan (1991), and Methusalem, The Eternal Bourgeois (1985).

Robbins’s film/TV work includes:

As an Actor: Bull Durham (1988), Jacob’s Ladder (1990), The Player (1992), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Mystic River (2003), Code 46 (2003), The Secret Life of Words (2005), Catch a Fire (2006), Cinema Verite (2011), Dark Waters (2019), the HBO series The Brink, and the current Apple TV+ series Silo.

As a Producer/Writer/Director: Bob Roberts (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995), Cradle Will Rock (1999), and Embedded: Live (2005)His most recent film, 45 Seconds of Laughter, debuted at the Venice Film Festival and the New York Film Festival in 2019. 

Robbins has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, three Golden Globes, the SAG Award, Humanitas Award, National Board of Review, the Prix d’Interprétation Masculine at the Cannes Film Festival and the French Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

Saturday, April 20
6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Stars Behind Bars
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX