Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Rob Velella

Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. In his ongoing efforts to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today, he has dramatically brought to life literary figures Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, for which he has been featured on National Public Radio and the LA Review of Books. His living history performances have played in libraries, schools, museums, and for other community groups in 13 states (so far).

Rob's programs are fun and lively -- and easy to stage. All you provide is a podium and Rob does the rest! These programs are interactive and spontaneous, not stiff and not overloaded with dates and history. Instead, Rob highlights the literature of these powerhouse authors and the context of their writing and their time period. By the end of one of Rob's 50-minute presentations, audience members will be dying (no pun intended) to know more about these writers and their works.

Additional Links: 
Harvard Crimson Magazine feature on Rob Velella's portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe, October 2018
NPR/WBUR radio feature on Rob Velella's portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe
LA Review of Books feature on living history performers, including Rob Velella's portrayal of Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Contact Information

First Name: 
Rob
Job Title/Position: 
Living history performer
Physical Address: 
Waltham, MA 02452
Last Name: 
Velella

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Literature
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Year Founded: 
2009
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Solo Together

I am a Touring Artist

State of Residence: 
Massachusetts