Walton Wilson

Professor in the Practice of Acting; Chair of Acting Department, & Voice and Speech Advisor Yale Repertory Theatre


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 has also studied voice with Richard Armstrong, Andrea Haring, Meredith Monk, Patsy Rodenburg, David Smukler, Jean-Rene Toussaint, and members of the Roy Hart Theatre. He is the resident voice and speech advisor at Yale Repertory Theatre, and has served as voice, text, and dialect coach for productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, including the world premieres of new plays and adaptations by David Adjmi, Jane Anderson, Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp, Eric Bogosian, Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff, Martha Clarke, David Henry Hwang, Len Jenkin, Moises Kaufman/Tectonic Theater Project, Stacy Klein/Double Edge Theatre, Rosary O’Neil, Han Ong, Jihae Park, David Rabe, Bill Rauch and Tracy Young, José Rivera, and Mary Zimmerman. 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 American Repertory Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/National Theatre Institute, and Swine Palace Theatre. His international teaching credits include classes and workshops for GEOKS Singapadu (Bali), LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), SFUMATO Theatre Laboratory and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Fundac̹ao Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal) and TITAN Teatersköle (Norway). He has also led courses 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 country. He is a long-time member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.