Lionel Walsh is an actor and director who teaches acting in the BFA in Acting programme. He is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique (Michael Chekhov Association) and is founding Director of The Inspired Acting Lab, in which he develops new exercises in Fantastic Realism. He has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School, Russia.
As an actor, Lionel appeared most recently as Lyle in Whale Riding Weather at the 2009 Brighton Festival Fringe, and Plymouth Arts Festival, UK. He also appeared as Luni-Mato in the award-winning film, Commedia Fantasia, for Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises; the film has had showings in Houston, New York City and Monte Carlo.
In June 2016, he directed Choking the Butterfly, a co-production of The Inspired Lab and Rarely Pure Theatre, Toronto. Other directing projects include Brave Hearts (Ryan Rep, Brooklyn, NY), Afterplay (Alternative Theatre Works, Stratford),The Orphan Muses (Breathe Art Theatre Project, 2011), Salt-Water Moon (Constellation Theatre); Plaza Suite (Sunshine Festival). Other recent directing credits include Summer and Smoke (Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University), and Down Dangerous Passes Road (University of Windsor).
He has conducted workshops in Improvisation and in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique at universities, conferences, and in private studios in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain, and has coached professional productions with Rose Theatre and Shakespeare in the Square, Brampton, ON and the Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University. He is a co-founder of Michael Chekhov Canada and founding Co-Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, which offers a certificate in the teaching of Chekhov Technique through the University of Mount Union. He also contributed a chapter to The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov.
Lionel is a recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching, the Alumni Association Excellence in Mentoring Award, the Students of Dramatic Art Faculty Excellence Award, and an OCUFA Award nomination.
Memberships include the Council of Ontario University/College Theatre Programmes (President); Canadian Actor's Equity Association; The Michael Chekhov Association; and, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (Member at Large-Finance, MAL-Operations, VP-Awards, VP-Conference 2015). Lionel is Associate Professor of Acting, School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor, where he served as the Director of the School from 2002-2012. He also served as Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and is currently Assistant Vice-President, North American Recruitment.
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