Professor Robert Seale
Position: Associate Professor, Theatre, National Theatre School, M.F.A. (York)
Office: Beveridge Arts Centre, Rm 433
Phone: Ext. 1526
An Acting graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, Robert also holds a Master’s Degree summa cum laude in Performance from York University. He has been an award-winning CAEA professional since 1974, playing loading roles in or directing over 170 productions in the major theatres across Canada, and in the U.S.
Besides professional acting and directing, Robert has done over 350 professional consultation, choreography and stunt contracts on stage and film through his company, Fights Unlimited RGS - including work with such groups as the National Ballet, Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, and both the Toronto and Atlantic Film Festivals.
His company has worked extensively with the RCMP, training recruits in “Crisis Intervention” at Depot Division in Regina. With the Canadian Armed Forces, he recently trained, directed and choreographed a 36 member Naval Boarding Party simulation for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax.
In 1992 Robert completed formulation of a national system of fight certification for Canada, and the next year legally incorporated and became founding President of Fight Directors, Canada. He remained the elected President until 2000, when he withdrew to become Executive Director for the IOSP in Washington, D.C. - the international “Round Table” of professionals. He has a TacCom Certification from the government of Ontario, and holds an internationally recognized certification as a Fight Master. Robert is the only foreign national ever to have won the prestigious award for Best Fight at the annual U.S. Nationals, in Las Vegas.
Robert has been President of the Acadia University Faculty Association, the elected Vice-president of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT), served on the Board of Theatre Nova Scotia, and was the elected Atlantic Representative on National Council, for Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA). Robert’s research currently involves the cultural ethnology of violence in performance.