Rob Hartmann has written more than a dozen musicals which have been produced by theater companies across the United States; a representative sampling of works can be viewed using the links above. 


He is currently working on a new web series, premiering in 2017. Most recently: a revival of Vanishing Point in Madrid.


Other recent productions: Vanishing Point at Teatro Lara in Madrid (in a new Spanish translation), and in Baltimore at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative. Also, Kelly the Destroyer Vs the Springfield Cobras, a musical written for high school casts. Kelly premiered at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Washington.


Projects in 2013 included Stay On The Line, which ran February 22 - March 31 in Los Angeles; Exodus Code (a play with music) which played in July at the Flea in New York City; and Farmers Market The Musical, which premiered in an outdoor production in West Virginia in June. Also, One Weird Trick: A Blissfully Short Opera written with Kate McLeod, played in New York’s First Annual Bacon Festival (along with other short plays all about bacon).


Productions in 2012 included Vanishing Point at American Stage in St. Petersburg, Florida; the international premiere of Macabaret in Madrid, Spain (which won Best Musical/Short Form) and Aliens: The Puppet Musical in Salt Lake City, Utah.


In 2015 - 2016, Rob co-founded and taught a course in writing new musicals at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where he currently resides. Previously. Rob was on the faculty of New York University’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, where he received his MFA. He has written numerous articles on theater for the Encyclopedia Americana, including the revision and expansion of Ethan Mordden's history of musical theater. He has been a guest lecturer in the Yale School of Drama, taught musical theater history at Lincoln Center, and has also written a number of study guides for Broadway productions, including Wicked, Titanic, 1776, Kiss Me Kate, Amadeus, Aida, Jane Eyre, 42nd Street, Copenhagen, Into the Woods and Hairspray. (To see a selection of study guides and links to book and theater reviews, click the Publications link here or above.)


He has taught workshops for students from high school through graduate level, including: audition technique; musical theater song/scene interpretation; story structure; business-of-the-business; accessing creativity and achieving creative flow.



Contact Rob here.

Composer/Lyricist/Bookwriter • Theater writer/reviewer