Walton Wilson serves as Chair of the Acting Department and Head of Voice and Speech at Yale School of Drama. He was apprenticed to and designated as a voice teacher by Kristin Linklater and was later trained and certified as an associate teacher by Catherine Fitzmaurice. He also studied voice with Richard Armstrong, Andrea Haring, Meredith Monk, Natsuko Ohama, Patsy Rodenburg, David Smukler, Jean-Rene Toussaint, and members of the Roy Hart Theatre. He is the resident voice and speech advisor for Yale Repertory Theatre, and has served as voice, dialect and text coach for productions on Broadway, Off- Broadway and in regional theatre, including the world premieres of plays and adaptations by David Adjmi, Jane Anderson, Christopher Bayes and Steven Epps, Eric Bogosian, Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, Martha Clarke, David Henry Hwang, Len Jenkins, Moises Kaufman, Han Ong, Jihae Park, David Rabe, Bill Rauch and Tracy Young, José Rivera, and Mary Zimmerman. He has also served as a voice/text/dialect coach on over 100 productions at Yale School of Drama, including new works written by YSD alumni Christina Anderson, Lindsey Ferrentino, Marcus Gardley, Dipika Guha, Miranda Rose Hall, Jiréh Holder, Majkin Holmquist, Rolin Jones, Mary Laws, Kenneth Lin, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Meg Miroshnik, Kimberly Rosenstock, Tori Sampson, and Kate Tarker. He has held faculty appointments at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Emerson College, and Southern Methodist University, and has been an artist-in-residence at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/National Theatre Institute, Swine Palace Theatre, GEOKS Singapadu (Bali), LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), Sfumato Theatre Laboratory, Plovdiv State Drama Theatre, and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Titan Teatersköle (Norway), and Fundacao Gulbenkian (Portugal). He has also led workshops for community activists in New York and for prison inmates in Massachusetts and New Mexico. A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for over thirty years, his professional acting credits include productions off-Broadway and in regional theatres and Shakespeare festivals across the United States.
Professor in the Practice of Acting and Chair, Acting Program at Yale School of Drama; and Yale Repertory Theatre Voice and Speech Advisor