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Robert T. Westley

Associate Professor of Drama and Dance


Degrees

MFA, 2003, Boston Univ; MA, 1998, Northrn Illinois Univ; BA, 1993, Eastern Illinois Univ


Bio

Robert has performed, directed, and choreographed movement and staged violence for award winning theatre productions, internationally acclaimed opera houses and films for twenty-three years. Robert incorporates his training in acting, dance, clowning, martial arts, mask, puppetry, yoga and other disciplines to bring unique creation of character and story to multiple performance venues. His work has received rave reviews by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Variety, Newsday, Opera News and many others.
Robert’s most recent credits include the Broadway hit and Tony nominated Hand To God and Off-Broadway productions of MTC's Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, Verité at LCT3, Lesser America’s Trevor, Second Stage Theatre’s production of Butcher of Baraboo and Studio 42’s Billy Witch. Other New York City productions include The New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The Screams of Kitty Genovese, the Keen Company’s Tea and Sympathy, and The New York Fringe Festival’s The Salacious Uncle Baldrick and Waiter, Waiter. Regional credits include the Westport Country Playhouse’s productions of Bedroom Farce and The Things We Do For Love, Asolo Repertory Theatre’s The Game’s Afoot and God of Carnage, Boston’s New Repertory Theatre’s A Skull in Connemara and Los Angeles’ Circle X Theatre’s production of The Bigger Man. Robert has choreographed movement for the National Lyric Opera of New York, Opera Providence, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, The Lost Colony, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the 75th Anniversary Tour of Porgy and Bess.
As a physical performer Robert has worked in productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York Theatre Workshop and for independent live action companies across the country. He has worked as a stunt double and stunt performer for action films such as The Key Man starring Hugo Weaving, Eyeborgs starring Danny Trejo and Fall Down Dead with David Carradine. Robert is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Robert has been an instructor and movement coach for theatrical productions and on film sets and at Boston University’s Theatre Conservatory and Opera Institute, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, National Theatre Conservatory, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Alabama, Temple University and intensives in America and Great Britain.

Teaching Interests

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 Asolo Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Alabama, Temple University and numerous workshops and intensives in America and Great Britain. Robert is a recognized Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts Professional Theatre Training Program and a Master of Arts in Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DRAM 031 MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR I Undergraduate
DRAM 032 MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR II Undergraduate
DRAM 033 MOVEMENT III - ADVANCED MVMNT Undergraduate
DRAM 034 MOVEMENT IV - STAGE COMBAT Undergraduate
DRAM 034A BASIC STAGE COMBAT Undergraduate
DRAM 103 SENIOR PRACTICUM Undergraduate
DRAM 115 INDEPENDENT STUDIES Undergraduate
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