Williamson Physical Technique for the 
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About Loyd Williamson

Loyd Williamson is the creator and author of The Williamson Technique, a two-year system of training for the body, and its role in the communication process. In 1975 he founded, The Actors Movement Studio, in partnership with Philip Burton, the purpose of which was to train actors in The Williamson work and in Burton's mime technique. Williamson served as artistic director until his retirement in 2002.

In 1979, at the invitation of William Esper and Dean Jack Bettenbender, he joined the faculty of the newly formed Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University , remaining its principal professor of the actors physical training for 22 years.

In 1995, he created the Tamarack Lodge Retreat Center, an environment in which Williamson teaches the fundamentals of his technique as well as conduct teacher certification courses. The Lodge has hosted some 50 retreats in its first ten years. It has also been host to other training: Kristen Linklater's Teacher Certification Program; Lenard Petit's Michael Checkov Workshop; Michell Karp's retreats for Corporate Trainers.

He spent eleven years on the faculty of the HB Studio (Herbert Bergoff) in New York, beginning his work there as an assistant to Anna Sokolow*, his mentor. For three years, he was the guest teacher at the graduate school of the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. He also has taught at The Juilliard School of Drama, Northern Illinois University, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Pearl Theater Company, Princeton Shakespeare, and others.


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