Robert HartwellMotown the Musical
Robert Hartwell is a proud magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan's prestigious Musical Theatre Program where he garnered the Willis Patterson Diversity Award and graduated with magna cum laude honors. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Robert began his dance training under Kirstie Tice Spadie at the North Carolina Dance Institute. He received his high school diploma studying at the North Carolina School of the Arts: School of Dance. Robert cut his teeth on the national and international tours of DREAMGIRLS, which premiered at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem. After the tour he made his Broadway debut in MEMPHIS the Musical as Wailin' Joe and understudied all 3 male principal roles: Gator, Delray, and Bobby. He then joined Matthew Broderick in Kathleen Marshall's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT where he earned a nomination for the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer in a Broadway Show. In 2012 Robert joined the original Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. He can currently be seen on the first national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL.
Robert was the featured in DANCE MAGAZINE's July 2012 article, "He's Got Rhythm: Nice Work's high flying Robert Hartwell" by Sylviane Gold. He has trained at the Hungarian National Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Stage Door Manor all on scholarship. He has also worked regionally at the Music Theatre of Wichita, The Hangar Theatre, and the Fulton Opera House. TV Appearances include The Tony Awards Live Telecast (2011, 2012, 2013), THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman (2012, 2013), and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2011, 2012). Robert was also the face of the Starbucks Coffee national print campaign for the debut of their Blonde Roast Coffee. Some of his favorite roles include: RENT (Angel), PARADE (Jim Conley), and HAIRSPRAY (Seaweed J. Stubbs).
Robert has taught hundreds of master classes and is frequently invited back to his Alma Matter to coach and choreograph. With a teaching philosophy that dance is the highest level of communication on the planet Robert aims to bring out the joy and uniqueness in each student that he teaches.
"What an AMAZING experience! We had a blast with both Lauren and Amy this morning at our studio. They both were awesome and inspiring - and the dancers learned so much in a short amount of time. Thank you for all of your help in organizing it - we will DEFINITELY be doing this again in the future! Thank you!"” - D. Hawkins
My kids were inspired and they are STILL talking about it! He was an inspiration to those that were debating whether or not to continue to do theatre in college. They all ended up going to see the show and he was kind enough to bring them all, and myself included, backstage for a tour after the performance at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Fantastic experience! We'd love to do it again with another show.” - A. .