Sean Boyd

Associate Professor

Sean Boyd is the Associate Professor of Movement and Acting at the University of Southern Mississippi where he teaches a wide range of classes including:  Meisner Technique, Acting for Camera, Audition Technique, Business of Acting 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. 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.

In 2013-2014, Sean spent a 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.

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 maintains a very active acting on both stage and screen.  He has performed in regional theatres across the country including the International Shakespeare Center – as Shylock in Merchant of Venice and as Sir Toby in Twelfth Night – as well as the Sacramento Music Circus, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, the Neil Simon Festival, Bard in the Quad and the Genesis Shakespeare Company. Boyd has also appeared in a number of commercials, on TV as “Sgt. Bidwell” in HBO’s Treme, The Breakout Kings and in films including Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey, as “Topper” in the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven and as “Lt. Decoudreau” in Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back.

Sean is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, UK Equity and SAG/AFTRA.