Robi Polgar -- Brief Biography (theatre)
Robi Polgar is a writer, director, musician and unrepentant soccer junkie, whose most recent directorial project was the premiere of his play about the rainforest, The Tree Play. Past projects include the world premiere of Carson Kreitzer's Flesh and the Desert and Cabaret, both produced by the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance. His original musical, The Road To Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue & Historical Musical Revue (based on a book by George Orwell), had a successful run at the Off-Center in January, 2004 and earned Robi Critics' Table Award nominations for original script and original score and B. Iden Payne Award nominations for Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Production of a Musical. Robi has directed plays for The State Theater Company, The Austin Shakespeare Festival, Austin Script Works, The University of Texas at Austin, The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. In 1993 he co-founded The Public Domain Theatre Company for which he served as artistic director for eight years, producing, directing, designing, and/or writing over 40 stage plays. Robi earned his B.A. in drama at Tufts University and his M.F.A. in directing at the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, Texas with wife Michelle and children Ari, Kait and Didi. When he's not directing, writing or playing music, you can find him running around on area soccer fields.