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Robin Mello

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


Dr. Robin Mello is a Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teaching and research focuses extensively on communicating science and history through creative arts and storytelling.

She is the founder of the UWM K - 12 Theatre Education Program at UWM. Her recent original theatre work includes CINDERELLA 30,000, A COSMIC WEB, SUN'S DISAPPEARING ACT, ORPHAN TRAIN, (a devised piece about the lived experience of the Orphan Train Movement, 1853-1929), and Tale of Scale,  (a STE(A)M project with the Manfred Olson Planetarium).

Robin's dynamic approach also influenced The Penelope Project, were she contributed as actor, dramaturge, and program evaluator. She details this experience in The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey (2016).

Mello's work has been supported by a wide range of grants and cmomisions including: ArtsEco, CAMPAC, Carnegie Foundation's Teachers for a New Era, Ezra J. Keats Foundation, Little Red Schoolhouse Project, NASA’s Wisconsin Space Science Consortium, National Storytelling Network, National Women's Hall of Fame, New England Touring Arts Program, Maine Touring Artists Program, US State Department, UWM Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, University System of Wisconsin, Very Special Arts - Americans for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.