Polly Robbins recently designed The Elixir of Love for the Portland Opera, where she previously designed the projection images for the main stage production Dialogue of the Carmelites (2001), and designed scenery for several productions for the Portland Opera’s educational programming including Hansel and Gretel (2005), La Boheme (2004), Cinderella (2001), and The Night Harry Stopped Smoking (1999). Regionally, as well as designing at Willamette University (The Good Person of Sichuan, 2001), she has also designed for the San Francisco’s Merola Program (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2002), Utah Shakespearean Festival (Revel’s Company Green Show and Feaste, 1998, 1999). She has designed scenery at the Stark Raving Theatre, Artist’s Repertory Theatre, Tygre’s Heart Shakespearean Festival and the Haven Project.
Polly Robbins has worked on countless other productions in design and production for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Northwest Children’s Theatre, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, the Santa Fe Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, University of Texas – Austin, The Guthrie (Minneapolis), and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, to name a few.
Polly Robbins has applied her scenic design skills in the field of animation at the former Will Vinton Studios (now Laika) on the animated television programs Gary and Mike (2000-2001), and The PJs (1998-1999), in addition to numerous animated commercials at Will Vinton Studios and at Bent Image Labs. After three years of specialized training in horticulture, Robbins founded her business, Robbins DesignWorks, in 2006, featuring landscape design and storefront design for the Portland Metro area.
Polly Robbins began working in theatre in the Twin Cities as a scenic artist. From there she moved to Texas to acquire her M.F.A. in theatre design at the University of Texas – Austin.