Robert Bailey | Director. Coach. Teacher.
A Touch of the Poet
Crocodile Seeking Refuge
A Touch of the Poet
About Robert Bailey
Owner of The Directors Workshop
Robert Bailey has been a director, actor, and teacher for over 30 years. His production of Eugene O’Neill’s rarely-produced masterpiece A TOUCH OF THE POET earned critical praise and ran for several months at Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre. Other LA productions include THE TEMPEST, STREET SCENE, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, THE DOCK BRIEF, LOBBY HERO, BORDERLINE, and ANACARDIUM. In New York he was associated with several leading theatres, including Circle Repertory Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Place Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Actors Studio, winning praise for his productions of contemporary plays in the New York Times, New York Magazine and the Village Voice. His short dramatic film LAST CALL was an official selection at film festivals from Avignon, France to Sedona, Arizona.
Robert Bailey teaches directing and acting at University of Southern California (USC) and has staged over a dozen School of Dramatic Arts productions, including three new plays written by students in the MFA Playwriting program. He is also currently on the faculty at the New York Film Academy. For many years he was a popular teacher and coach at the Corner Loft Studio in Greenwich Village, and conducted workshops and master classes for Sarah Lawrence College, Brown University, School for Visual Arts, Manhattan Theatre Workshop, Foundation for the Creative Community, Billy Siegenfeld and Dancers, Talent Unlimited, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has taught and directed on the graduate and undergraduate levels at UC San Diego, UCLA, and Brown University.
Robert earned his degree in Theatre Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brown University and was awarded upon graduation with a Samuel Arnold Fellowship to work with renowned theatrical innovator Jerzy Grotowski at the Polish Laboratory Theatre in Wroclaw. He subsequently became a founding member, actor, director and teacher at the Washington Theatre Laboratory, an experimental troupe in the nation’s capital which adapted works by Bertolt Brecht, Tennessee Williams, John Hawkes, and Hans Christian Andersen.
"In only 29 minutes, "Last Call" accomplishes what many movies don't in more than two hours... The chemistry and strange tension between these two characters...is remarkable."
Summit Daily News
Trailer for short film Last Call
Award-winner "Last Call"
Robert Bailey's short film, LAST CALL, won numerous awards, including Best Dramatic Short, Best Actor, and Best Actress while touring film festivals. Written by Laura Maria Censabella, the film stars Jude Ciccolella [of hit series "24"] and Dana Dewes.