Dr. Robin Mello is a Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre 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: The First 30,000 Years, A Cosmic Web, and, Orphan Train, (a devised piece about the lived experience of the Orphan Train Movement, 1853-1929), Tale of Scale, a stem project with the Manfred Olson Planetarium that communicates science to the public.
Robin's dynamic approach also influenced The Penelope Project were she contributed as actor, dramaturge, and program evaluator. She details her experience in The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey (2016).
Mello's work has been supported by a wide range of grants and commissions 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.