In January-February 2016, actor Tyrone (Ty) Wilson will be performing in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival-Arena Stage co-production of Lynn Nottage’s new play, Sweat, in Washington, D.C. After Sweat closes its run on February 21, Tyrone will join SMCM’s TFMS department for the month of March. While in residency, Ty will perform the mute role of the Protagonist in the TFMS production of Catastrophe, directed by TFMS faculty member Mark A. Rhoda, meet with SMCM students, attend classes, and workshop a solo performance piece on carceral experience.
Tyrone made his Broadway debut in Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith. Since graduating from Yale Drama School in 1984, he has appeared in numerous regional theaters around the country, including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Denver Theatre Center, Yale Rep Theatre, and the Cleveland Playhouse. Tyrone has also appeared in several Off-Broadway shows and toured Europe in Ajax directed by Peter Sellars. For the past 22 years, Mr. Wilson has been a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has performed in nearly 50 productions. His favorite credits include the Christian in Ruined, Friar in Much Ado About Nothing, Abernathy in All the Way and The Great Society, Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Elbow in Measure for Measure, Joe Stoddard in Our Town, Sebastian in The Tempest, Carl in Bus Stop, Morocco in I, Menelaus in Troilus and Cressida, Godfrey in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Abioseh in Les Blancs, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and Caliban in The Tempest. In addition to acting, Mr. Wilson also enjoys directing and teaching theater. For 10 years he was the Classical Theater Director for the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts. Tyrone has directed several high school productions and has toured for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s School Visit Program; he directs for that program as well. Mr. Wilson continues to teach classes for Elderhostel Programs and has assisted in developing programming for them. Tyrone holds an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. in theater from Middlebury College.