Robin Epstein, an Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing, received her MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and her BA from Princeton University.
Epstein is a television writer and novelist, currently developing her most recently published book, “H.E.A.R.,” as a drama series. Beginning her career as a stand-up, Epstein worked on sitcoms with Al Franken, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack and James L. Brooks. She was also the head writer for “Clued In,” a game show for teenage girls. Epstein was the lead writer on several video games including, “Tycoon City: New York,” “Snoops,” “Barbie Diaries High School Mystery,” and the gamification of the Fox TV show, “The O.C.”
“God Is In the Pancakes” (Dial), Epstein’s award-winning YA novel, is being adapted for the screen. In addition to writing the 8 book “Groovy Girls” series for Scholastic, she co-authored several of the best-selling “Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbooks” for Chronicle. She also co-wrote the nonfiction legal guidebook, “So Sue Me, Jackass!: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls That Can Come Back to Bite You at Work, at Home, and at Play” (Plume) and the novel, “Shaking Her Assets” (Berkley). A contributor to “This American Life” on NPR, she’s freelanced for the “New York Times,” “Quartz,” “Medium,” and other publications.
Epstein has taught sitcom writing workshops in the Graduate Program in Film & Media at Johns Hopkins University and at A Arte Do Roteiro in Sao Paulo, Brazil in conjunction with APBI TV.