Known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is an award-winning artist, puppet designer and director living in Brooklyn, NY. Frohardt has a knack for taking a simple premise to an elaborate realization. Her rich imagination, unique sense of humor and stunning technical craft come together to create work that defies the conventions of traditional storytelling.
Her original play "The Pigeoning" hailed by the New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” debuted in 2013 and continues to tour at home and abroad and has been translated into German, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. In 2016 she received a Creative Capital Award for her new work "The Plastic Bag Store" an installation and performance that takes place in a fake grocery store in a real storefront and addresses the long term impact of disposable plastic packaging. She is currently developing the work through a DisTil Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the first artist in Residence at Olson Kundig a renown design and architecture firm in Seattle.
Awards and Honors
2016 DisTill Fellowship at UNC
2016 Olson Kundig Artist in Residence
2016 Creative Capital Award for “The Plastic Bag Store
2016 Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant
2016 Residency at The MacDowell Colony
2016 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant “The Plastic Bag Store”
2013 Aryln Award for For Puppet Design for “The Pigeoning”
2013 Peggy Irvine Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence
2014 Mid-Atlantic Arts Fund USArtists International Grant Award
2012 Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant for “The Pigeoning”
2012 Artist in Residence at HERE Arts “Dream Music Puppetry” Program
2011 Artist in Residence St. Anne's Warehouse's Puppet Lab
2013 Artist in Residence St. Anne's Warehouse's Puppet Lab