Robert Ketton was educated at The King's School in Tynemouth and Tyne University where he studied Drama in Education under the legendary Dorothy Heathcote and later acting at the Burton School of Speech and Drama. Robert was appointed inaugural theatre teacher at Burton on Trent Grammar School and then Head of Drama at Foxhills Comprehensive School in Lincolnshire.
In 1974 he migrated to Queensland, Australia where he helped introduce Theatre into Queensland Secondary schools by assisting in writing the initial syllabus. Queensland is generally recognised as a leader in the field of secondary drama. In 1976 he was appointed lecturer in Theatre in Education at the University of Southern Queensland. In 1992 he was made Senior Lecturer in stage and screen acting and has been Head of The Department of Theatre of that University on several occasions. Robert has written some dozen plays, published collaboratively eight books and directed over twenty-five major stage productions.
Robert has made short films, scripted a number of English as a Second Language cartoons and conducted several hypotheticals for groups as diverse as Australian College of General Practice and The National Conference of the Department of Primary Industry.