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 Black 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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