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Rob Eastman-Mullins was born in Florida to a truck driver-come-teacher and a real estate agent. Shortly thereafter, he began a life of moving around the country, living in North Carolina (four times), Hawai'i, Missouri, Florida again (four times), Virginia, and Michigan before settling his home and studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to designing for the theatre he enjoys riding motorcycles, playing darts, buying and wearing shirts that are actually interesting, and traveling with his family.
A scenographer--designing scenery, lighting, and costumes--Rob is also an associate professor of Design & Production at Wake Forest University. He has designed for Syracuse Opera, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Triad Stage, Florida Studio Theatre, New Theatre (Miami), Mosaic Theatre, Festival Stage, NC Shakespeare Festival, and served as Art Director for the film China. A fan of working on new plays, Rob has designed for premieres with such playwrights as Jeff Baron, Catherine Bush, John Strand, Melinda Lopez, Vanessa Garcia, and Shirley Lauro. His work has been seen on a national tour of Turkey and exhibited in Prague (2019 Prague Quadrennial), Calgary (2022 World Stage Design), Toronto, Seoul, Los Angeles, North Carolina, and Virginia. He serves on the Scene Design Commission and International Committee for USITT and is the US delegate to OISTAT for the Performance Design Commission, for which he is also the Chair. Rob also co-founded the OISTAT Space Design Sub-Commission with Fiona Watt (UK). Rob holds an MFA (Scenic & Costume Design) from the North Carolina School of the Arts.