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

2019 Made In NY Woman’s Fund Grant Award

2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

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