© 2017 By Ilyse Robbins and Tyler Kinney

ABOUT ME

I am a Boston-based director, choreographer, actor, educator, and presentation skills coach. People often ask me which of these jobs is my favorite. My answer is honestly: "whatever I happen to be doing right now!" I am so lucky that my work is also my passion, but if I really had to choose, I would say that the job I love most is raising my two great kids with my incredible husband. That's the short version, but if you want to know more feel free to keep reading...

 

Having donned my first pair of tap shoes at the tender age of four, growing into a choreographer seemed like a natural step for me. I love dance and telling stories through dance. It is my strong belief that everyone can move and, as well as choreographing for dancers, I have honed the very unique skill of choreographing for non-dancers. From Urinetown to On the Town, choreography is one of my greatest joys. 

 

In the past several years I have found that I have more to say as a storyteller than I can through making acting choices and making dances. So I jumped into the world of directing - feet first. From dance based shows like Sweet Charity to family shows like Miracle on 34th Street, or classics like How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to new pieces like Deep Love of Nightgowns - I look for a story to tell that speaks to me and the audience. I find joy where I can and meaning throughout.    

 

Favorite acting roles have included Dessa in Tongue of a Bird at the New Repertory Theatre, Joyce/Evie in the House Theatre’s production of The Sparrow at Greater Boston Stage Company (formerly Stoneham Theatre), and Little Becky/Mrs. Millennium in Urinetown at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. I originated the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past in Rick Lombardo’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the New Repertory Theatre and can be found listed on the inside cover of MOMologues 3: The Final Push as a performer in the original production. You can listen to me narrate Eve Bunting’s book My Teacher is Having a Baby and see me on various commercials including spots for Comcast, Dunkin' Donuts, CVS,  and Star Market.

 

Born and bred in Massachusetts (with quick jaunts to live in Chicago and London), I work primarily in the Boston/New England area, but love to travel as well. Theaters I have worked at include United Solo Festival in NYC, Greater Boston Stage Company, Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, The Hanover Theatre, Underground Railway, The Modern Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, Hope Repertory Theatre, Overture Productions, Jewish Theater of New England, American Stage Festival, Boston Theatre Works, Wheelock Family Theatre, Museum of Science, Reagle Music Theatre and The Publick Theatre.

My newest theatrical endeavor has been taking on the role of Associate Artistic Director at Greater Boston Stage Company. Although I still direct, choreograph, and act regularly at other theaters, GBSC has become my theatrical home. Come visit!

 

I am a MA certified public school teacher and teach regularly for all levels from elementary school to graduate students. My specialties include creative drama education, critical thinking, dance and theater history, and public speaking.

It seemed a natural leap for me to move from teaching high school and college students how to speak in public to teaching business executives the same skill. Now I train corporate and private clients in presentation skills, drawing on the acting and directing skills that I have honed and bringing the same basic techniques that I use on stage to the boardroom.

 

My degrees include a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern University, certification in theater from the British American Drama Academy and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.