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Tim Robbins is a multifaceted actor, writer, director, and producer whose films include Dead Man Walking, Shawshank Redemption, and Mystic River, for which he won the Academy Award. Mr. Robbins stars alongside Jack Black in the HBO comedy series The Brink, which premieres in June 2015. The show, which he also produces, centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. This month sees the release of the Shira Piven directed comedy Welcome to Me, featuring Mr. Robbins, Kristen Wiig, and James Marsden. The film chronicles a year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery, quits her medications, and buys her own talk show. Mr. Robbins will also be seen starring opposite Benicio del Toro and Olga Kurylenko in the conflict-zone drama A Perfect Day. He recently starred in Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. Directed by Daniel Schechter, the film also stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher.

Mr. Robbins has been a consistent and influential voice in the theater for the past thirty-three years as an actor, director, playwright, and as Artistic Director of the Actors' Gang, a theatre group offering an environment for a diverse ensemble of artists to present new, unconventional, and uncompromising plays and dynamic reinterpretations of the classics. Founded in 1981, The Actors' Gang has produced more than 100 plays in Los Angeles, in forty US states, and on five continents with ensembles that have included actors such as Jack Black, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Helen Hunt, Kate Walsh, Fisher Stevens, Jeremy Piven, and Jon Favreau, among many others. Mr. Robbins and several other Actors' Gang members regularly conduct theater workshops with incarcerated men in an effort to provide arts rehabilitation programs in the California prison system. Mr. Robbins recently directed the Actors' Gang touring production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which played to international audiences in China, Italy, and Brazil.

(May 2015)