Sean Boyd

Associate Professor

Sean Boyd is the Associate Professor of Movement and Acting at the University of Southern Mississippi where teaches a wide range of classes including:  Meisner Technique, Acting for Camera, Audition Technique and a host of movement and physically-based acting disciplines such as Michael Lugering's Expressive Actor, Yoga for the Actor, Stage Combat and Laban.

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 has appeared in a number of commercials, on TV as Sgt. Bidwell in Treme, The Breakout Kings and in film; working with Ewan McGregor in I Love You Phillip Morris, Nick Cage and director Werner Herzog in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans and Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey.

Sean has invested most of his personal research towards the understanding and development of the physical life of the actor, with particular focus on the integration of psycho/physio connection and its use as a source of behavior, point-of-view and character choice.  Boyd is a recognized faculty member of Michael Lugering's Expressive Actor technique and is first to attain the distinction of Associate Teacher. Sean also brings his experience as a certified teacher of Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga into his teaching.

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, West Virginia and Missouri, including:  Sacramento Music Circus, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, The Greenbrier Valley 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.

Sean spent 2013-2014 on Sabbatical year at the renowned London Academy of Music and Dramatic, researching British acting and movement practices and their use in creating character.  In addition to the invaluable research and collaboration with LAMDA's faculty, he received an MA in Classical Theatre for the Professional Theatre.​