Robert Hartwell is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Broadway Collective where he is training the next generation of Broadway. His company recently made the Inc5000 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America ranking 1,106 out of 5,000 with 440% growth over 3 years.
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.
He has performed in 5 musicals on Broadway 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, Naples Performing Arts Center, The University of Michigan, and Fulton Theatre. Assistant Director on the National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Revival of Once On This Island.
He is currently the Associate Artist at North Carolina Theatre. Most recently he directed and choreographed For Colored Boyz and won the Fulton Theatre’s inaugural Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival.
Upcoming Directing/Choreographing: Sister Act at North Carolina Theatre (Feb 2022), Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Fulton Theatre (April 2022), and For Colored Boyz (May 2022).
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