For dance, he was commissioned by The Chicago Ballet to write a latin-jazz-rock version of the CARMEN BALLET, and MONAHAN – with chamber orchestra and mixed voices, was performed by the Nikolais Dance Company.
In film and radio he has written the scores for BUT ONLY FOR A DAY, a documentary broadcast on PBS TV, SOUTHERN HEART, a full length feature which premiered at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center. IN SOUTH AFRICA, a documentary filmed in Africa, and THE WISE MAN, an after school PBS Radio Broadcast.
He is also the author of the play THE MAFIA-CAMORRA WAR - a Mafioso retelling of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, performed at The Actors Studio, and has written screenplays entitled MOMMA’S BOY, about the life of actor Danny Aiello, as well as WOODY’S 9-60 - a dark, allegorical comedy.
Currently, he has been commissioned to write both the ‘stage musical’ version and screenplay for AZUSA – about the 1906 religious revival in Los Angeles that paved the way for the Pentecostal Movement that is 700 million strong worldwide and still growing.
Also active as a Conductor/Music Director, Robert Mitchell has conducted the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble Orchestra, a recording of the “Carmen Ballet”, and in London, members of the BBC Orchestra for his orchestral arrangement of the recording for “Hello Dolly”. Among other shows, he was the Conductor and Music Director for seven European Tours of “The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber”, traveling throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
As a musician, he was a guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played in six Broadway shows, and performed for such luminaries as The Queen of England, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Presidents Bush, Clinton and Reagan.
Member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild and The Writers Guild of America.