Robyn Nevin has been an actress for nearly 60 years, graduating from NIDA in 1960. She has also been a director for stage and screen and a theatre producer, running two state theatre companies as Artistic Director and CEO.
Robyn has played leading roles at all of Australia’s major theatre companies, in London’s West End and in the US, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Her many memorable roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Miss Docker in Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul, Maria Callas in Masterclass, Hecuba in Barrie Kosky’s Women of Troy, Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night opposite William Hurt, Joan Didion’s one woman play The Year of Magical Thinking, Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch, Emma in Neil Armfield’s celebrated production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Queen Lear in Queen Lear at Melbourne Theatre Company, Mrs Venables in Suddenly Last Summer for Sydney Theatre Company at the Sydney Opera House, The Fool in King Lear with Geoffrey Rush, and Kate in All My Sons. Throughout 2016 and 2017 Robyn toured with My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, playing Mrs Higgins. Robyn then appeared as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! at the Victorian Arts Centre for the Production Company.
Robyn has appeared in many of Australia’s most important films and telefilms, including The Eye of the Storm with Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling, The Castle, Emerald City, Careful He Might Hear You, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith and Caddie. She also appeared in the highly successful Matrix films, in several seasons of Halifax
and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, co-starring with Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham. Robyn also starred in the award-winning television series Water Under The Bridge and alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in the short film Reunion, directed by Simon Stone. Robyn appeared in the three award winning seasons of Upper Middle Bogan and Back In Very Small Business. Most recently Robyn appeared in the feature film Relic
with Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote.
An award-winning director and producer, Robyn was Artistic Director and CEO of the Queensland Theatre Company, and for eight years the Artistic Director and CEO of Sydney Theatre Company. For Sydney Theatre Company she opened the Ros Packer Theatre in 2007 and established the critically acclaimed Actors Company. Her directing credits for Sydney Theatre Company include the inaugural Actors Company production of Mother Courage
and Hedda Gabler which toured to New York City in 2006, introducing Cate Blanchett to US theatre audiences.
Her awards for Best Actress include the Helpmann Award, Sydney Critic’s Award and Green Room Award. She received a Keating Fellowship for contribution to the Arts, the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, a Sammy and a Logie Award for Water Under The Bridge. She received a Sydney Critics Circle Award for Best Director for her film The More Things Change
and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the performing arts.