Sean Boyd

Assistant Professor

Sean Boyd got his start behind the camera as a director, producer with his company Utv Productions. A member of the Actor's Equity Association, he has acted for regional theatres across the country including the Sacramento Music Circus, the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, the Neil Simon Festival, Bard in the Quad and the Genesis Shakespeare Company. Boyd also has appeared in a number of commercials, and on TV  as Sgt. Bidwell in Treme, The Breakout Kings and North Mission Road.  Sean continues to stay busy in film; working with Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris, Nick Cage and internationally recognized director Werner Herzog in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans as well as in Jonah Hex and most recently Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey.

Boyd is a recognized faculty member of Michael Lugering's Expressive Actor technique and is first to attain the distinction of Associate Teacher. This innovative and practical approach to training the "total actor," the traditionally disparate disciplines of acting, movement and voice are synthesized in a holistic method of training.

Sean has invested most of his personal training towards the understanding and development of the physical life of the actor - exploring the work of Chekhov, Grotowski and Laban, with particular focus on the integration of psycho/physio connection and its use as a source of behavioral and character choice.

Sean also brings his experience as a certified teacher of Vinyasa and Hatha into his voice and movement work.  By integrating this specialized training, the students gain additional access and command over their instrument not afforded to them in traditional practice.

As a fight director and instructor, Boyd has directed fights for a number of national tours regional theatres and independent film features in Nevada, California, Oklahoma and Missouri, including:  Sacramento Music Circus, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Cockroach Theatre, as well as the new national tours of Camelot with Michael York & Lou Diamond Phillips and Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan. He is a recognized Fight Instructor, Fight Director and Master Combatant with Dueling Arts International, and actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Boyd has been teaching martial arts, yoga and theatrical combat for over 20 years and has worked with Dueling Arts International since January 2000.

After a 4-month international audition process that selects only 16 professional actors from hundreds, Sean was selected to the Classical Theatre for the Professional Theatre program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Across next year (Sept 2013-Sept 2014), he will continue his professional development at this prestigious institution, which has one of the highest regarded international reputations in actor training, and counts Donald Sutherland, John Lithgow and Richard Harris as alumni.