WALT WITCOVER has had a fifty-year career in the theatre as actor, director,
and teacher. After Cornell University (BA and MA), and serving in Europe in
the Field Artillery during World War II, he trained professionally at the American
Theatre Wing in New York. He studied acting with Curt Conway, Herbert Berghof
and Lee Strasberg. Under the leadership of his mentor, Mr. Strasberg, he fine-tooled
his directing in the Actors Studio Directors Unit, where his "mod" production of
Verdi's La Traviata won the Actors Studio "Total Theatre" Award.
Mr. Witcover directed on the summer circuit for a dozen seasons; his New York
Off-Broadway productions have won three "OBIE" Awards; and, as co-founder and
Artistic Director of Masterworks Laboratory Theatre, he has staged over thirty
innovative productions of classic plays and operas, as well as poetry, song- and
He taught acting technique, scene study, musical theatre, directing and a classics
workshop at the HB Studio for twenty-five years; he was guest instructor at the
Stella Adler Studio; and Acting Mentor and Associate Professor of Theatre in the
BFA professional training program of SUNY, Purchase, and at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County. Guest directing stints have included fresh staging of classics at
Syracuse University, Virginia Tech, and U. of Md., College Park. He now teaches
exclusively at the Witcover Acting Studio in mid-Manhattan.
Actors he has taught or directed include F. Murray Abraham, Jane Alexander,
Barbara Barrie, Ernest Borgnine, Ruth Chatterton, Domanic Chianese, Robert Clohessy,
James Coburn, Alex Cord, Sandy Dennis, Farley Granger, Tim Jerome
Terry Kiser, Liz Larsen, John Leguizamo, Anne Meara, Tony Musante,
George Peppard, Luis Antonio Ramos, Charles Nelson Reilly, George Segal,
Sylvia Sidney and Jerry Stiller.