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Robert Lawson is a writer, director, composer, screenwriter & visual artist. Recent work includes : co-author (with director Jonathan Glatzer), co-producer & 2nd Unit Director for Safety Glass – a feature shot in Vancouver, BC with Steve Coogan, Hilary Duff, Molly Shannon, Josh Peck, Max Hoffman and Olivia Thirlby slated for 2009 release… co-author (with Glatzer) of Tyler’s Gap, a television project produced by Touchstone/ABC & Fox Television - Rob Bowman, director, Susanna Jolly & David Duchovney, Executive Producers… a commission by NGN Productions (Vancouver) for screenplay Dancing in the Dark slated for production in 2009… author of Hiroshima: crucible of light produced by Untitled Theater Co. at the Walkerspace Theater in New York, directed by Henry Akona (2008)… author of Hamlet: 7 rooms produced by the Emergence Theater Co. in LA (2008)… slated to direct New York premiere of Elodie Lauten’s minimalist opera The Death of Don Juan at Theater for the New City (2009). In the spring of 2009, he will direct & compose the premiere of The Architect of NoPlace (in collaboration with Austrian artist Kay Mühlmann), a music/theater project about silent films, Harold Lloyd, and the hunt for a happy ending.
Other recent premieres of his writing include : Tabula Rasa - a music/theater piece about autism - in New York at the Neuro Fest festival of new work; The Architecture of Sight at the Chocolate Factory in Queens; Pandora’s Box: a vaudeville in New York; ...but the rain is full of ghosts, a music/theater work he also directed at the Kennedy Center as part of the National ACTF Festival.
Directing premieres include : The Death of Don Juan at Franklin Pierce University, where he is on faculty, and more recently a screening in New York of the video rendition this production at the ‘Op on Screen Festival’; direction & set design for The Magic Flute for the Granite State Opera; direction and text for Kuhfangfederblech at the Festsalle in Vienna, Austria.
He conducts an ongoing series of workshops in Narrative Strategies, Framing & Abstraction using digital media at Donau Universität in Krems, Austria for the Dep’t of Telecommunications, Information and Media (since 2002). He is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his work on Leonardo’s Tank - which premiered at Andy’s Summer Playhouse - a theater in New Hampshire that creates experimental theater work by professionals working with young performers, for which he was artistic director from 1995-2007.
Most recent art shows include : an multi-room art/science installation based on the Camera Obscura that ran for two years in Peterborough, NH; and a four-part ‘Cabinet of Wonder’ investigating real and imagined artifacts entitled Recently Discovered - use unknown.
His performance texts have been published in American Writing, Poems & Plays and The Northern New England Review. His plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. (The Passage… byline: Amanda Danger… Kid Sniff & the Ticking Clock… Hiroshima: crucible of light). He is a member of the WGA, ASCAP, SAG, AEA and AFTRA.