Robin Goldberg

Robin Goldberg

Robin Goldberg is a graduate of Emerson College (B.A. Theatre Studies: Playwriting and Dramaturgy Concentration, 2015) from the Boston area and has been writing plays for about twelve years. She is largely a comedy writer who finds it most productive and healing to process the Really Big Stuff with humor and heart. Her work tends to focus on female-led ensemble comedies, that place anxious, neurotic women with...
Robin Goldberg is a graduate of Emerson College (B.A. Theatre Studies: Playwriting and Dramaturgy Concentration, 2015) from the Boston area and has been writing plays for about twelve years. She is largely a comedy writer who finds it most productive and healing to process the Really Big Stuff with humor and heart. Her work tends to focus on female-led ensemble comedies, that place anxious, neurotic women with sprawling internal lives at the center of eccentric, big-hearted communities. She writes to explore how we build community with others and how we build homes inside of ourselves.

Her play, On My Honor, received a full university production through Emerson College (Rod Parker Playwriting Award - NewFest New Works Festival) in 2015, and was developed through the Writers Guild of America, East Playwriting Mentorship program that same year. It was also selected as a finalist for the She NYC Arts Summer Theater Festival in 2017. Her most recent play, Katie and Dom Are Friends, developed with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises' Writer's Group, was selected as a semi-finalist for both the 2020 Playwrights Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the She NYC Arts Summer Theater Festival.

Robin is also a dramaturg with a special interest in new work development and an independent literary management professional, contributing to the new work initiatives of several theatre and production companies in Boston, New York, Kansas City, MO, and San Francisco.

Robin is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • Katie and Dom Are Friends
    KATIE and DOM are 20-something work friends who share a cramped office at a small Boston nonprofit and bond quickly over the bland weirdness of the job neither of them really wants. During a game of Never Have I Ever to pass the time, Katie accidentally Really Over-Shares about her personal life and Dom jumps at the chance to support her and become real friends. Katie, just beginning the hard work of dealing...
    KATIE and DOM are 20-something work friends who share a cramped office at a small Boston nonprofit and bond quickly over the bland weirdness of the job neither of them really wants. During a game of Never Have I Ever to pass the time, Katie accidentally Really Over-Shares about her personal life and Dom jumps at the chance to support her and become real friends. Katie, just beginning the hard work of dealing with her anxiety and chasing better for herself with her good-humored therapist DR. CHARLENE, apprehensively accepts his clumsy offer of help. Meanwhile, Dom’s effortlessly cool girlfriend JULES worries over his interest in Katie, and wonders what life would be like as Just Jules. With well-meaning support from Katie’s rock star best friend MELISSA and Dom’s college bros JAKE and AARON, Katie and Dom attempt the other hard work of letting an unexpected friendship change their lives. "Katie and Dom Are Friends" is a messy comedy about honoring your friendships, honoring your needs, and getting out of your own goddamn way.
  • On My Honor
    Well-meaning but messy Girl Scout Troop 2185 strikes terror into their Boston, MA suburb as one exhausted mom after another resigns as troop leader. MICHELLE, JULIE’S mom and the last mom left, is reluctant to lead alongside spacey, flaky, unpredictable LIZ, MOLLY’S mom. When new-to-town JANET signs up her daughter BRIANNA to the troop last minute, MICHELLE has some hope for the first time in a long time....
    Well-meaning but messy Girl Scout Troop 2185 strikes terror into their Boston, MA suburb as one exhausted mom after another resigns as troop leader. MICHELLE, JULIE’S mom and the last mom left, is reluctant to lead alongside spacey, flaky, unpredictable LIZ, MOLLY’S mom. When new-to-town JANET signs up her daughter BRIANNA to the troop last minute, MICHELLE has some hope for the first time in a long time. Meanwhile, MICHELLE’S husband DAVID, while trying to be supportive of his wife and daughter (but also trying to talk them into quitting Scouts to save them all some aggravation), also finds himself juggling a new, awkward friendship with commute buddy KEVIN, who’s dealing with a painful divorce and new life as a single dad. On My Honor is a comedy about committing to trying your best, even when the going gets tough, and being the best adult you can be, even when you still feel like a kid.
  • Sam Loves Alex
    A little raw from recent breakups, Sam and Alex meet by chance one night at a busy diner. Sam and Alex go on second dates. Sam and Alex catch feelings, meet each other's friends, and then each other's parents. Sam and Alex fight. Sam and Alex fall for each other. And break up. And fall for each other for real. Sam and Alex are six people. And one street musician in the right place at the right time....
    A little raw from recent breakups, Sam and Alex meet by chance one night at a busy diner. Sam and Alex go on second dates. Sam and Alex catch feelings, meet each other's friends, and then each other's parents. Sam and Alex fight. Sam and Alex fall for each other. And break up. And fall for each other for real. Sam and Alex are six people. And one street musician in the right place at the right time. Something like a romantic comedy, a little like a fairytale, Sam Loves Alex introduces us to three couples maybe finding something real at a strange, transitional time in their lives.

Recommended by Robin Goldberg

  • Birdie and Cait and the Book of Life
    19 Apr. 2021
    I was so glad to read "Birdie and Cait and the Book of Life" for Playwrights Foundation's #BAPF2021. This is a sweet, heart-filling coming-of-age play about the very best of sisterhood, female friendship, and creating space for young, queer women to thrive. I loved getting to see these major relationships blossom, and visiting London through these characters' eyes. I really hope to see this play onstage in the near future.
  • STAFF RETREAT
    17 Apr. 2021
    I was lucky to come across STAFF RETREAT as a reader for Playwrights Foundation's #BAPF2021 and was pulled right in by the play's humor and heart. Gina Femia explores the power structures within the nonprofit industry, and the human impact left by an all-too-common lack of genuine support and understanding, through the voices of some truly funny and truly human characters who felt like my actual coworkers by the end of the play. I was so impressed with Femia's beautifully observed and crafted dialogue, and I can't wait to see this play onstage someday soon.
  • Ape Leader
    16 Aug. 2019
    I ran across this play a couple of years ago, and it's still one of the coolest, most unusual plays I've ever read. I am so impressed by how the story tackles love and intimacy, female friendship, society's expectations for women, and women's hopes and expectations for themselves. The characters and their relationships are beautifully drawn and there's a real sense of care and empathy through the whole story. This is a deeply human play that very much deserves to be read and produced.
  • Last Dance with MJ
    11 Apr. 2019
    Smart, witty, delightful, and made me laugh out loud on the train. A wonderfully realized snapshot of female friendship, a truly funny take on modern dating, and a great opportunity for young women actors.