Tyrone L. Robinson

A snare drum roll. A cymbal CRASH! The hypnotic refrain vamps…

A man’s voice: “In here, life is beautiful.”

I was 10 when I first heard a Broadway musical soundtrack:  Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret.

Coming from an acting career – most recently on Broadway in Disney’s Frozen – as a director, I love getting to collaborate with every person involved with a production.

Recent theatre directing: Harrison David Rivers’ This Bitter Earth at InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia), Letters From May a new musical by BMI writers Kara Cutruzzula and Kristoffer Bjarke, which premiered at the 2022 SoundBites Festival of new musicals in New York City, both the New York City and touring productions of Owen and Mzee (Michelle Elliot/Daniel Larsen) for Vital Theatre Company, and the 2021 reading of the new comedy White Ally by Philadelphia playwright Douglas Williams at Bristol Riverside Theatre (PA) as part of their America Rising reading series.

Film directing: Writer/director of the short film Un{H}armed, inspired by the tragic 2018 shooting death of Stephon Clark. Un{H}armed was an official selection of film festivals nationwide, including the Hudson Shorts Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Atlanta Shortsfest, and RKDS Film Festival, to name a few. For two years I worked with MJB Films/Actor Screener Shoot in New York City as resident writer and director of actor screeners – scripts written and filmed specifically for individual actors’ reels. It was a joy writing, casting, and filming original scenes with small film crews and actors at all levels of their career.

Recent associate directing: Joy the musical(workshop) Sammi Cannold, dir.; Private Gomer Jones(NAMT) Sammi Cannold, dir.; Private Gomer Jones (Goodspeed workshop) Marshall Pailet, dir.

Select educational directing/choreography: Guys and DollsStarmites, Pirates of Penzance, Mame(Best Choreography Award).

Writing: Several writing commissions in development. Most recently, music and lyrics for the world premiere musical Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC).

Awards/Honors: Recipient of the ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award for theatre music composition, Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee (Best Family Show) for the 2013 production of Show Way at The Vital Theatre Company (New York City), Evelyn Russell Layton Award, given to a cast member of The Lost Colony outdoor drama for promise of a professional career in the American Theatre.

Acting Awards/Honors: Joseph Jefferson Award (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, dir.-chore.), Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical(Ragtime).

Currently completing Consent Forward Artistcertification through Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (USA).

M.F.A. NYU Tisch School of the Arts.