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Robin Mello

Chair, Theatre

Professor, Theatre


PhD, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Special Student (Folklore), Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
MS, Educational Psychology, SUNY Albany
Montanaro Mime and Celebration Barn, South Paris, ME
BFA, Acting, SUNY Purchase College
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City


Robin Mello is a scholar, program evaluator, and theatre artist who focuses on compassionate storytelling. She is the Chair of the Theatre Department and brings her wide-range of experience as a storyteller, circus performer, actress, and science-theatre maker to the UWM community. In 2016 Mello directed and produced a devised theatre work that dramatized the history and lived experience of people who survived the Orphan Train Movement.

Mello brings a wealth of experience as a scientific storyteller and science-theatre maker to PSOA. Currently she is working on a transdiciplinary STEM project entitled Tale of Scale. Mello, along with her collaborating partner, Dr. Jean Creighton (director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium), combine theatre and physics in a series of interdisciplinary courses, public performances and ongoing research that teach audiences about the scale of the universe.

Robin is an interdisciplinary performer who invests in many roles, both within the theatre department and in her many outside projects. Her multi-dimensional role in The Penelope Project (actress, devising artist, teacher, dramaturg, and program evaluator) is a case in point.

Taken together, teaching and learning remain as the core foundation in Robin’s artistic and scholarly work. Mello brings an inquiry-based-style of instruction, which she calls “the company model,” to the UWM classroom. Working across platforms (flexibly working in online, hybrid, and embedded instructional modes) she encourages students to explore their own creative work and to develop a strong and clear voice in their community.