Northern Illinois University

School of Theatre and Dance

Deborah Robertson

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Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Theatre movement specialist
Education: M.F.A., Smith College
Office: MB 139
Phone: 815-753-8374
E-mail: drobertson@niu.edu


Deborah Robertson received her MFA in Dance Performance from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, on a teaching fellowship and her BA in Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a certified teacher of the Williamson Physical Training for the Actor, and was trained by Loyd Williamson at the Actors Movement Studio in New York City. She has studied Laban Movement Analysis at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, the Webster Movement Institute in St. Louis, and the Royal National Theatre in London. She has received her first level of certification in the work of Chekhov by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and is currently pursuing her certification as a Master Teacher. As an actress, she completed the two-year Meisner training with William Esper in New York City and studied with Stephen Strimpell at HB Studios in New York.

In addition to serving as the  Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Ms. Robertson is a Professor for the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University, an U/RTA, NAST program. She teaches movement in the BFA and MFA Professional Training Programs. She has previously been on the faculties of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University, the Actors Movement Studio in New York and the Actors Center, Chicago.  She has taught workshops in New Zealand, London, at national conferences, residencies in university programs around the country, and at festivals and private studios nationwide. Her work as a choreographer and movement coach has been seen internationally, in regional theatres, university productions, and on television. As an actress and dancer, she has appeared on Broadway, National Tours, Off Broadway, industrials, regional theatres around the country, and on television.

She is the president of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), Actors Equity (AEA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She has received a grant to complete work on the creation of a digital video documentary of Loyd Williamson and the movement training that he created.