The Creative Team
Robyn Bishop-Marin (Playwright / Performer)
Robyn started journaling at age 13 when her parents divorced, and continued journaling whenever her life was in chaos. And, as the owner and operator of yoga studios for over a decade, she brings a self awareness and quick wit to A Girl Far From Normal, which materializes directly from the pages of her journal.
She brings her life experience as a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman, wife, mother, and grandmother to her recently discovered new passion for writing and performing, believing it’s never too late to live your dreams.
Robyn fell in love with listening in her early 20’s when she was held as a captive commuter on the congested freeways of Los Angeles. Over the years and miles, she became less captive and more captivated by the great storytellers coming out of the F.M. dial. Spalding Grey, David Sedaris, Sandra Tsing Loh and wordsmith, poet, etymologist; John Ciardi not only kept her company but are responsible for giving her a degree in Humanities on the long 4-hour daily grind. They had her laughing, crying, thinking, debating, remembering, always entertained and feeling a little less alone as she traveled, isolated in her hunk of metal amongst the millions of other humans doing the same thing. Just trying to get to work. Decades later in her 50’s she found herself anonymously alone, again, amongst millions on the streets of NYC.
In an effort to feel less alone and more connected she started writing and taking her stories out to events where she was encouraged to knit the stories into a one-woman show. A Girl Far From Normal was born. This is her first body of work put up on stage.
Her BHAG: Big Hairy Audacious Goal...is that an A List Actress falls in love with A Girl Far From Normal and wants to play her in the big or small screen version. Robyn has written the pilot and the screenplay.
Matthew Harrison (Director)
After finishing his BA in political philosophy in his hometown of Montreal, he headed to NYC to study acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. He worked in New York on Off-Broadway stages and joined the National Theater performing classical stage plays across the United States. At the Washington Shakespeare Festival, he met his wife Michelle and they have continued prosperous careers acting on stages and on the screen for over two decades. Matthew has appeared in over seventy five film and television productions.
Matthew created The Actor's Foundry, a virtual and in-studio training campus for professional actors, and teaches online and around the world and teaches in Vancouver, Toronto, Cape Town, LA, and NYC. He has directed many stage productions in Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles ...directing everything from Neil Labile to David Ives...and is happy to be returning to his original acting and directing stomping grounds of NYC.