Robert Westley

Certified Teacher / Fight Director

Robert has performed, directed, and choreographed movement and staged violence for award winning theatre productions, internationally acclaimed opera houses and feature films. 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 from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Variety, Newsday, Opera News and many others.

He made his Broadway debut as the Fight Director for Hand To God. Most recently he choreographed New York City productions of Teenage Dick at the Public Theater, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century for Manhattan Theatre Club, Verité at LCT3, Lesser America’s Trevor, Second Stage Theatre’s production of Butcher of Baraboo, Studio 42’s Billy Witch, and the original staging of Hand to God at the MCC Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other credits 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 the premier of A Bronx Tale: The Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse’s productions of What the Butler Saw 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, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 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 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 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 Manhattan School of Music, the University of Alabama, Temple University and intensives in America and Great Britain. He is a featured instructor at the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and teaches and in charge of the movement curriculum for the BFA in performance at Hofstra University.

 


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

GirardWestleyKent Renewals 2016

May 6, 2016 Rapier and Dagger Baton Rouge, Louisiana Recommended Pass
May 6, 2016 Single Sword Baton Rouge, Louisiana Recommended Pass
May 6, 2016 Unarmed Baton Rouge, Louisiana Recommended Pass
May 6, 2016 Knife Baton Rouge, Louisiana Recommended Pass

Summer Sling

Aug 21, 2010 Single Sword New York, New York Recommended Pass

2009 Winter Wonderland Workshop

Jan 18, 2009 Broadsword Elgin, Illinois Recommended Pass

Eureka College Workshop

May 30, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Eureka, Illinois Recommended Pass

Denver Center Theatre Academy

Mar 16, 2008 Broadsword Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass
Mar 16, 2008 Single Sword Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass
Mar 16, 2008 Knife Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass
Mar 16, 2008 Unarmed Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass
Mar 16, 2008 Small Sword Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass
Mar 16, 2008 Quarterstaff Denver, Colorado Recommended Pass