In a career spanning more than three decades, Mary B. Robinson has directed more than sixty theater productions in New York City and around the country, and has taught directing at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In New York, she has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club (world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings with Buck Henry), Second Stage (revivals of Michael Weller’s Moonchildren and Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky, with Jeff Daniels); WPA Theatre (Erik Brogger’s Copperhead, with Campbell Scott); Ensemble Studio Theatre (Jaclyn Reingold’s String Fever, with Cynthia Nixon) and Cherry Lane (Irene O’Garden’s Women on Fire with Judith Ivey). Her production of Barbara Lebow’s A Shayna Maidel ran for fifteen months Off Broadway at the Westside Arts Theatre. Regionally, she has directed such plays as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Desire Under the Elms, The Misanthrope, A Doll’s House, Loot by Joe Orton, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Third by Wendy Wasserstein, Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies, This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan, Angels Fall and Serenading Louie by Lanford Wilson, and Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, at theaters such as Arena Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theater, A Contemporary Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage Company (where she was Associate Artistic Director), and Philadelphia Drama Guild, where she was Artistic Director for five years.
She was the first recipient of the Alan Schneider Award in 1987, a national award in honor of the late director; she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 1986 for her production of Lemon Sky; and she won Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award in 1995 for Of Mice and Men. She is one of fifty directors profiled in the recent book American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century.
For the past fifteen years, she has taught directing at New York University (where she heads the undergraduate directing program at Playwrights Horizons Theater School), and Brooklyn College’s MFA Program. She has directed many student productions, including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida and The Tempest, and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, as well as Clifford Odets’s Golden Boy, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and Alice Childress’s Wedding Band, at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, the Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Brooklyn College, and Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU).
For many years she was a board member of the labor union Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, playwright Erik Brogger, and their son, Christopher.