MICHAEL THOMAS WALKER
Master of Fine Arts-Acting
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; 2012
Bachelor of Arts-Theatre
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; 2003
University of Montevallo
Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice (Tenure Track)
Montevallo, AL (2015-Present)
ACTING I FOR MAJORS
The course explores the study and practice of basic principles of realistic acting as outlined by Stanislavski. Students integrate course work with games, Hagen Object exercises, and text work culminating in the performance of two monologues.
This exploration of vocal production for the theatre course utilizes Kristin Linklater’s and Catherine Fitzmaurice’s methods as its foundation. Students develop their voice through exploration and increase their appetite for vocal production by releasing tension, connecting to breath, and opening the actor’s natural resonance.
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Students develop skills in discussing and interpreting the language of theatre, which involves a variety of symbol systems including verbal text, visual
imagery, color, line, lighting, etc. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of the human experience and human behavior by exploring how theatre is created within a larger cultural and social context.
This introduction to modern directing theory and strategies, includes script analysis, casting and rehearsal techniques, conceptual perspectives, and staging methods.
Course objective is to gain a proficiency in use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and it’s application to text. Students will acquire the tools, skills, resources, and processes of learning accents and dialects.
This course focuses on language-based study and practice of acting styles and the research tools available to actors. Work centers on Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy.
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
This course gives students the tools necessary to transition and adapt from acting for the stage, to acting for the screen through mock audition situations. Students used playback to develop their skills and evaluate their performances.
This course provides an intense study of directing styles from various periods and theatrical movements. The course culminates in a One-Act Theatre Festival.
Nassau Community College
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Garden City, NY (2012-2014)
BASIC ACTING I FOR MAJORS AND MINORS
The course explores the study and practice of basic principles of realistic acting as outlined by Sanford Meisner. Students integrate course work into games, exercises, and text work.
New Brunswick, NJ (2013-2014)
Guest Lecturer for Dr. Heather Rasche and Deputy Chair, Barbara Marchant. Taught voice for the actor using the Fitzmaurice sequence, Shakespeare sonnet exercises, and various other exercises including a singing workshop for actors preparing for auditions.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
New Brunswick, NJ (2009-2012)
BASIC ACTING I FOR MAJORS AND MINORS
The course explores the study and practice of basic principles of realistic acting, voice, and movement as outlined by Uta Hagen. Determine ability to integrate these principles into games, exercises, and introductory text.
BASIC ACTING II FOR MAJORS AND MINORS
This course continued the tenets of Basic Acting I through contact work and scripted work to build the student’s facility to truthfully respond to imaginary circumstances. Students are introduced to action/objective work and basic text analysis.
An introductory course which explores the basic principles of the Knight –Thompson Speechwork.
National Performance Network-Currently in Development
National Theatre Creation and Touring Grant-Currently in development
Grant supports the development of the project, costs and incentives needed to establish a plan for touring, and subsidies for presentation of the work. The funding is being used to create a devised theatre piece aboutthe #blacklivesmatter movement and the death of Michael Brown in conjunction with The Black Rep of St. Louis and 651 Arts.
National Performance Network
Forth Fund Grant
Building upon the NPN Creation Fund Grant, the Forth Fund Grant supports the development of newly commissioned performance work by providing resources, such as time, space and expertise, to artists and commissioning organizations to improve the overall quality of production of touring performance work in the United States and abroad.
Voice, Andrea Haring-The Linklater Center
New York, NY (2018)
Voice and text workshop that explores how to free the natural voice and release vocal tension
On Camera Audition Technique, Paul Davis-Calleri Casting
New York, NY (2014)
Techniques on how to audition for On-Camera Film and Television.
Cold Reading Technique, Heidi Griffiths-Public Theater
New York, NY (2013)
A how-to guide to making smart and bold choices during a cold-read audition.
On Camera Technique, Matt Lawler
New York, NY (2012)
Techniques and tips on how to audition for On-Camera Commercials
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2009-2012)
Chekhov-Pam Berlin, Billy Carden
On-Camera-Pat McCorkle, Billy Serow
Script Analysis-David Letwin
Shakespeare-Tim Carroll, Dennis Turney
Michael Chekhov-Lenard Petit, Michael Blake
J. Allen Suddeth
Knight/Thompson-Jane Guyer, Eric Singer
Dramatic Literature-Lee Blessing
Theatre History-Eileen Blumenthal
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Broadway World Denver Award
Best Director of a Play-God Of Carnage-201
NPR-Stories From the South
Performed selection from solo show BUBBA for NPR show in Little Rock, AR.
United Solo Theater Festival
Best Variety Show Award-BUBBA (Written and performed by Michael Thomas Walker)
Wildacres Residency Program
Recipient of the 2014 Wildacres Playwriting Residency which affords artists the solitude and inspiration needed to work on a new or current project.
Millay Colony for the Arts
Finalist for the summer playwriting residency
Planet Connections Festivity
Outstanding Solo Performance Award-BUBBA
Phillip J. Levin Scholarship
Teaching Assistantship 2010-2012
Examiner’s Award for Excellence for Unarmed Stage Combat by David Brimmer
Off Off Broadway Review Award
Best Actor for The Mystery of Edwin Drood
University of Alabama
Marian Galloway Award for Distinguished Excellence in Undergraduate Acting, May 2001
Alan Bales Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department of Theatre and Dance, May 2002
Department of Theatre and Dance Scholarship
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Associate Member (2018-Present)
Voice and Speech Trainers Association (2014-Present)
Actors Equity Association (2008-Present)
Screen Actors Guild (2012-Present)
Dramatists’ Guild (2012-Present)
Theatre Communications Group (2009-Present)
Resident Company Member of New Light Theatre Project (2012-Present)
Alabama Conference of Theatre and Speech (1999-2003, 2014-Present)
Southeastern Theatre Conference (1999-2005, 2014-Present)
Society of American Fight Directors (2000-Present)
Committee Member, Admissions Committee (2016-2017) University of Montevallo
Committee Member, College Night Committee (2017) University of Montevallo
Artistic Associate, New Light Theatre Project
Student Representative, (2012) Rutgers University
President, Alpha Psi Omega (2003) University of Alabama