Robert T. Westley
Associate Professor of Drama and Dance
Emily Lowe Hall 105
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Degrees: MFA, 2003, Boston Univ; MA, 1998, Northrn Illinois Univ; BA, 1993, Eastern Illinois Univ
Robert has performed, directed, choreographed movement and staged violence for theatres, opera houses and film companies across the country and for the past fourteen years has worked professionally as an actor and physical performer for stage and screen. Recent choreography credits include the premieres of "The Bigger Man" at Los Angeles' Circle X theatre, "Gabriel's Daughter" for Central City Opera and New York City premieres of "The Screams of Kitty Genovese", "The Salacious Uncle Baldrick" and "Waiter, Waiter." Robert has choreographed other theatrical works of the Keen Company's "Tea & Sympathy" and the Jewish Emu Theatre Company's "The Indian Wants the Bronx" in New York City, Boston's New Repertory Theatre's "A Skull of Connemara," The Huntington Theatre Studio's productions of "Hot House," and "Polaroid Stories" and productions of "Macbeth", "Romeo & Juliet", "West Side Story", "The Fantasticks", "Private Lives", "Moon Over Buffalo", "Noises Off", "Othello" and "Company". Latest opera credits include "Romeo & Juliette", "Tosca", "I Pagliacci", "Les Contes D'Hoffmann" and "Carmen". Additional venues Robert's work has been seen are Chautauqua Opera, The Lost Colony, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the New York Fringe Festival and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Recent film stunt coordination and performance credits include "Fall Down Dead" staring David Carradine and Dominique Swain, the television pilot "Nova Rocks", "Eyeborgs" starring Adrian Paul and "The Key Man" staring Hugo Weaving and Brian Cox.
Robert has taught and coached acting, theatrical movement and stage combat both nationally and internationally and has instructed at Boston University's Theatre Conservatory and Opera Institute, the North Carolina School of the Arts, National Theatre Conservatory, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, the University of Alabama, Temple University, The Asolo Conservatory and numerous workshops and intensives in America and Great Britain. Robert is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, North Carolina Stuntmen's Association and a recognized Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University's School of Theatre Arts Professional Theatre Training Program and a Master of Arts in Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University. Currently, Robert works as Managing Director of GoodFoot Movement Productions, which he co-founded.