I’m Robert. Gay Black Man, Artist, CEO, and now: Homeowner.


As a Broadway performer, I spent 10 years working in NYC. Then I launched my own company – The Broadway Collective – where we train the next generation of Broadway artists.

And secretly, I’ve always been obsessed with home renovation and interior design.

This year, I bought my first home.

It was built in 1820 at a time when slavery was still legal.

Now, 200 years later, I will fill it with love, give it new life, and make my ancestors proud.

Sign up to follow me on this amazing journey as I remodel and decorate my new home. I will send you occasional updates, photos, and life lessons I learn along the way!



All things are possible.

Our future will be better than our past.

You are always welcome at my White House.

–Robert

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What's next for this incredible home?

I see a tv show on ABC, OWN, or HGTV on which we will go through the process from start to completion of gut ​r​enovating this historic house, while simultaneously uncovering my lineage/ history as well as the home's history a la “Finding My Roots.”​

I wish I could’ve told my ancestors when they built this house in 1820 that 200 years later a free gay black man would own it. I hope to share that story to inspire other black families that generational wealth will happen when we learn where we come from.

Help us get there friend.

My Obsession with Interiors

As a kid, I was obsessed with HGTV weekend warrior projects at Lowe’s with my single mom. I turned that love into hosting a Broadway dressing room make-over show on ​BroadwayWorld called “Broadway Quick Change”​. Here are a few of the episodes:

Birdland

Wicked

Carly Rae Jepsen

Aladdin

Motown

The King and I

Dramatist Guild

If/Then

Motown Christmas

More about Robert

Robert Hartwell is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Broadway Collective where he is training the next generation of Broadway artists. As the only African American CEO in the professional musical theatre education space in NYC, his passion lies in making Broadway stages more diverse and inclusive starting at the educational level.

Robert holds a high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts: School of Drama and a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan where he graduated with summa cum laude honors and the Willis Patterson Diversity Award.

He has performed in 5 Broadway shows and 2 National Tours: Dreamgirls, Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Cinderella, Motown, and Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. He has performed on the Tony Awards three times and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice. Regionally, he has performed at The Muny, Sacramento Music Circus, Hangar Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, and the Fulton Opera House.

As a Director/Choreographer, his work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Music Theatre Wichita, North Carolina Theatre, Pace University, Naples Performing Arts Center, and The University of Michigan.

He is the creator of Broadway Quick Change, Hello Broadway: Broadway’s Online Academy, Gathered NYC, Prescreen Prep, and Hello Broadway Live.

He is a member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Tony Award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices. He recently served as the Assistant Director on the National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Revival of Once On This Island.

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