Robin Bennett
(1948 - 2009)

Robin Bennett
Nickname: Drama Mama

May 28, 1948

North Carolina
November 10, 2009

She wrote this: "I'm interested in the relationship between art and spiritual evolution, between how we imagine the world and how we ARE in the world, between our conditioning and our true selves--and how we can explore ALL that through art."
Robin is the first child born to Celia Merrill Turner and Kenneth Edward Turner, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Celia, a graduate of the Juilliard School in conducting, runs the Will-O-Way Repertory Theatre, where visitors and performers include Vincent Price, Lotte Lenya and Woody King.
Attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Theatre (1966-68)
Attended Oakland University in History (1968-9)
Robin's daughter Jenny is born.
Robin's son Jamie is born.
B.A. in English/Education (minor in Sociology) from Michigan State University (1975)
Robin begins teaching and directing Theatre at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Her program was known as among the best in Georgia and often achieved recognition at the national level, too. Here is a partial list of plays Robin directed in Fayette County (including FCHS & other) in a very vague order 1976-ish - 1987ish. Please let us know corrections so we can make it right! The Desk Set, The Broken Doll, A Midsummer Night's Dream, In White America, The Man of La Mancha, The Fantastiks, Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris, In the Beginning*, Where Am I Going/ Who Should I Be?*, Finian's Rainbow, Our Town, The Merchant of Venice, Mother Courage and Her Children, How I Got That Story, Godspell, Pieces of Time*, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Taming of the Shrew, Fiddler on the Roof, You Can't Take It With You, The Diviners, All About Feelings – Shel Silverstein show*, Wait Until Dark, West Side Story, Magic!*, Children of Addiction*, Antigone (Anouilh), The Taming of the Shrew, Arsenic & Old Lace, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oliver!, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Doll’s House, Hello Dolly!
Master of Arts (MA) from Northwestern University (1982)
Robin begins teaching and directing Theatre at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Here is a partial list of her shows (I need help with this one, ya'll - please correct me): The Man of La Mancha, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bus Stop, The Robber Bridegroom, On the Verge, Quilters, The King & I, Reckless, Hippolytos, The Cherry Orchard, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Wenceslas Square
Robin teaches and directs at Georgetown University
Robin moves to Chicago, working on completing her MFA at Roosevelt University. I remember her working on Maria Irene Fornes' MUD and Giradoux's Madwoman of Chaillot...
Master of Fine Arts (MFA), from Roosevelt University (1994)
Robin co-founds and is Theatre & Education Director for Brightstar Learning Cooperative. She wrote and performed history-based plays, performed them in schools and led accompanying workshops. I'll look for more details, but I know one of them was about union/ labor civil rights heroine Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, another was about Abigail Adams, another was maybe called 'Stars' and was about the Holocaust.
Robin begins teaching, directing, and helping design the mission and curriculum at Jones College Prep (at that time, Jones Academic Magnet School, I think). Again, I'll ask for your help in getting her work listed here completely. Shows include The House on Mango Street, Working (including a special workshop with Studs Terkel and the students), Pippin, The Skin of Our Teeth, Once on This Island, The Butter & Egg Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rivals, The Crucible, Cabaret, Inherit the Wind, Chicago, Our Country's Good, Into the Woods, Twelfth Night
Robin begins building her dream house in the community of Mt. Soma on the top of a mountain in Western North Carolina. She plans to retire here in 2013, write books and meditate with her spiritual community.
"Robin's Nest" is complete! She comes down on every single break from teaching in Chicago to be in this beautiful place made just for her.
Robin dies at her home in North Carolina, succumbing to the Stage IV cancer she'd only very recently learned of. Her children are both with her, holding her hands and reading her celebration letters from former students.
Memorial service at Jones College Prep, 606 S. State Street, Chicago IL. To contribute to the Scholarship fund, go to the 'Donate' tab to get the address for Friends of Jones, and write Robin Bennett Scholarship Fund in the Memo line of your check.


"I don't know why I didn't know about this, but now I do. I miss you so much and feel cheated that we didn't get to grow old together. But, I feel strongly that you are some where doing wonderful things."
Mary Dee Rooney
March 21st, 2017
"I think of you when I see my children's plays; they know of you and your influence on me. My son loves the stage, a baritone angel. My daughter is fearless, a skilled scenic designer. In telling them about you, your influence lives on, Robin. <3"
Marykay Mentzer
August 12th, 2016
"Hi Robin! Memories of good times and new adventures at FCHS in the late 70's. Haven't stayed in touch, but never forgot. Best teacher EVER! New York visit, In White America, Man of LaMancha,The Fantasticks! So many people you taught life. Love you!"
Patrick McGarity
August 12th, 2016
"Oh Robin! How many times I have shared stories of you and all your wisdom about life, love and heartache in the theatre with my own daughters! Thank you for saving my life and sheltering me through many storms in and out of FCHS. I love you!"
Jodi Miller
June 12th, 2016
"Hi, Mom. Five years after you had to go, you've got two Granimals up there to canoodle with. Copper left a few weeks ago (poor J&M were gutted), and our sweet Skeeter departed just five days ago (we're heartbroken). Now they can snuggle with you."
Jenny Skeeterlover
November 10th, 2014
"I'm living only a block away from where "Raisin in the Sun" was set. You would get such a kick out of that, and my journey. Miss you every day."
Rachel Tingley
October 7th, 2014
"Honoring you on your birthday. Memories of roses, cookies, & the Russian Tea House. Love & Hugs. H"
Heidi Ash
May 28th, 2014
"Thinking of you on your special day. Roses, hugs, and cookies."
Heidi Ash
May 28th, 2013
"Wish you were here to see a show with on your 65th birthday~ Love you. Miss you."
Jenny B
May 28th, 2013
"Robin, the world is changing rapidly in so many ways. I miss intelligent, thoughtful conversation with you."
Heidi Ash
February 13th, 2013


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