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Peter Robinson, Ph.D.

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

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Division of Film & Television Production

Work Phone: 213.740.3317
Office: SCA 434

Peter Robinson began his career in the theater, directing over forty productions including five years as a resident director at San Diego Repertory Theatre and a year as a director in Croatia as part of a Fulbright Fellowship.

His television work began as a documentary filmmaker of projects for PBS and international broadcast of numerous episodes of series including Portrait of a Family, Something Ventured, The Mechanical Universe, and The New Literacy. Robinson has also made several stand-alone documentaries including The Man Behind the Machines, a biographical film of Arnold Beckman, Breaking Through, a film commissioned by NASA which profiles the innovative work of three female scientists, When Home is Hell, a film focusing on domestic abuse, and A Better Tomorrow, the story of a family from East Los Angeles struggling with poverty.

Robinson has primarily concentrated on television narrative production. He has directed and written numerous episodes of three series which he co-created: Crossroads Café, a comedy/drama which centers on the ethnically diverse staff of an urban diner, On Common Ground, a political, dramatic series revolving around the conflicts between a city government and the community it serves, and Madison Heights, a dramatic series about families at critical junctures in their lives. He has made three stand-alone short films: Miracle Workers, A Day in the Life, and God Bless the Child.

Robinson received his Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate directing classes at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has taught classes/workshops/guest lectures at American Film Institute, the School of Performing and Visual Arts at United States International University, and the Croatian Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Zagreb.

He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.