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UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial


Wilson, John

John Wilson

Department of Theatre and Dance Chair

Professor of Theatre, Performance Specialist
MFA Performance, National Theatre Conservatory
BFA Performance, Arizona State University

Classes Regularly Taught

Acting, Advanced Acting
Advanced Scene Study
Period Acting Styles
Stage Voice
Stage Movement
Script Analysis
Children's Theatre
Discovering Theatre
Oral Interpretation

Performance Experience

Wilson is a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association and has been working professionally on stage and in commercial and film for nearly two decades. His two full-length feature films, The Empty Acre and Fight Night are available on DVD. The Empty Acre made its debut at the Kansas International Film Festival in 2006, and Fight Night premiered in Los Angeles at the prestigious Zanuck Theatre on the 20th Century Fox lot in 2007. Both films have garnered various awards and recognitions. Emergency Preparedness, a “Twilight Zone” type of short film was released on DVD in the fall of 2007 as part of a collection of short films by SenoReality Pictures. Recent on-camera work for Kmart, Ford Credit, Missouri Lottery,, National Seminars, Belfonte Ice Cream, Sprint, Monroe Shocks, the music video The One with Eric Michael Hopper, and the ABC-TV Movie, Dying To Be Perfect are examples of his 40 different commercial/industrial and TV/film credits. Mr. Wilson is the current on-camera spokesperson for Communication Federal Credit Union out of Oklahoma City, OK.

On stage, Wilson has been featured in the regional premieres of Unnecessary Farce, The 39 Steps and The Hound of the Baskervilles at the American Heartland Theatre, Tracy Letts’ Bug at the Unicorn Theatre and Jeff Baron’s Visiting Mr. Green at the Arvada Center in Colorado. He has also worked for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, playing Cliff in William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer. In Shakespeare, he has played the roles of Claudio in Measure for Measure, Setyon in Macbeth, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing and was a guest artist in the Johnson County Community College production of Twelfth Night, playing the role of Malvolio. He has also played at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in the role of Cassio in their 2008 production of Othello.

Specialties: Wilson is also a Fight Director. As a recommended Actor/Combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors, he has taught master classes and/or choreographed for Kansas City Repertory Theatre (9 shows), the American Heartland Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, The Living Room Theatre, Aspen Theatre Company, the Morrison Theatre Company, the Theatre on Broadway, Colorado Christian University, Southwest Baptist University (2 shows), Stephen’s College (2 two-week long intensives); and here at UCM his fight direction has been featured in Julius Caesar, Electra, The Grapes of Wrath, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, A Tale of Two Heroes, Othello, The Miracle Worker and Cabaret. His fight certification specializes in the areas of hand to hand stage combat, rapier, and quarterstaff.

Education Background: Wilson holds his MFA in Performance from the National Theatre Conservatory. At the University of Central Missouri, Wilson has directed a number of shows including: The Wedding Singer, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Shape of Things, The Tempest, Lost In Yonkers, Into The Woods, Take Me Out, Spinning Into Butter, The Crucible, Shakespeare In Hollywood, Othello, The Nerd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shadowlands, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fuddy Meers, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing. In the Fall of 2014, Mr. Wilson had his article “Ibsen and Brecht and the Disgracing of Our Literary Heroes through Social Media Justice" published in the Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri.

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