Participant profilie: Robin Swicord

A long journey to California, USA brings us to screenwriter and director Robin Swicord.

Robin Swicord

Robin Swicord

Robin is primarily known for her work as a screenwriter  for Memoirs Of A Geisha, Little Women, Matilda (co-written with Nicholas Kazan), and Shag (shared), The Perez Family, Practical Magic (shared). She has written two plays that were produced off-Broadway (Last Days at the Dixie Girl Café, Criminal Minds, both published by Samuel French).

In 2009 she received an Oscar nomination for her contribution to the story of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Swicord made her feature directing debut with Sony Classic’s The Jane Austen Book Club, for which she also wrote the screenplay adaptation.

She is currently at work writing a thriller for Universal, Alibi, about treachery in adult female friendships; Swicord will direct. She is set to write a feature for Sony and producer Laura Ziskin based on a true story about the infamous rivalry between DeBakey & Cooley, two innovating heart surgeons whose bitter enmity advanced medical science.

Born in South Carolina, Swicord grew up in rural north Florida and southern Georgia.  Her plays, as well as her screenplay Shag (which takes its title from a Southern coastal dance contest), are centered in this part of the world.  She began writing and making short films while studying English literature and theater at Florida State University.

Swicord is married to fellow playwright and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan. They have two daughters and live in Santa Monica, California, and Vashon Island, Washington.

Swicord is a trustee of the Writers Guild of America West’s WGA Foundation’s board. In her first term she was active in starting the WGA’s educational outreach program; in her second term in 2008 she helped established the Industry Support Fund, which provided almost half a million dollars in financial grants to non-writer industry professionals whose jobs were impacted by the recent writers’ strike. She is on the board of the Writers Guild Industry Pension and Health Fund, and she is a trustee for the Center For the Study of Women in Television in Film at San Diego State University, headed by Dr. Martha Lauzen.

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