Robin Sohnen

 

Before starting Each One Reach One (EORO) in 1997, Robin was a theater artist, event producer and a marketing specialist. In 1987 she founded and directed Centre 4 Events, a Los Angeles-based group that specialized in designing, producing and marketing live theater as a unique and effective vehicle for companies to communicate their message to employees and clients alike. As the company's Director she produced over 50 theater-based programs designed to improve internal relations, boost employee morale, support recruitment efforts, and enhance company productivity for organizations such as the Unocal Corporation, Merrill Lynch Corporation, First Interstate Bank, Coca Cola, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau, SNK Home Entertainment Inc., Reebok, Sega, Mindscape, Electronic Arts, and the Missing Children's Foundation. 

After moving to the Bay Area in 1991, Robin worked as a freelance producer, planning and staging public events ranging in size from the City of Los Angeles Marathon to the Richmond Neighborhood Community Festival, from the United Nation's 50th Anniversary dance and music concert in San Francisco's Union Square, to the first Alzheimer's Foundation Walk-a-thon in Los Angeles. Since 1986 Robin has been a mentor to young people through Soka Gakkai International, an organization dedicated to the development of peace, culture and education. In 1998 Robin decided to start a non-profit organization to address the escalating rate of incarcerating youth, especially youth of color by exploring theater-based strategies that could effectively break the cycle of violence and divert youth from the adult prison system. Each One Reach One was born when the agency’s co -founder, Thomas Dean Kellogg, who brought his playwriting program model to the Bay Area. Robin has served as a member of the Skyline College Administration of Justice Advisory Committee, as well as a Commissioner for the Commission on Status of Women of San Mateo County. Robin is also a contributing author in the award winning book; Challenging the Prison-Industrial Complex: Activism, Arts, & Educational Alternatives. In 1999 EORO received the New American Community Award from the National Council on Crime Delinquency for EORO's creative efforts to reduce crime.