Noel Wilson


Noel has taught and directed at the Studio since 1992, when he was recommended by Paul Sills, son of Viola Spolin and original director of Second City. Mr. Wilson trained for twenty years with Paul in NYC and at his Wisconsin farm and is now one of a handful of top Spolin player/coaches uniquely informed by Sill’s refinements and insights, as well as an expert in story-form theater. In 2010, he was voted the best NYC Improv Instructor in BACKSTAGE Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. His 2007 Southern Rep/NOLA Project staging of The Lieutenant of Inishmore was nominated for five Big Easys (New Orlean’s prestigious theater awards) and won four, including Best Director of a Comedy. Other directing credits include 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, The Rainmaker, The Diviners, Story Theater, and several original adaptations of folk tales from around the world as well as works by new emerging writers. Acting credits include Martin Scorsese’s HBO Pilot Boardwalk Empire, Changing Lanes with Samuel L. Jackson, multiple Law and Order roles, Third Watch, One Life to Live and numerous Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. He is an inaugural graduate of New Actors Workshop where he studied with Mike Nichols and George Morrison and worked extensively with The Barrow Group (Drama Desk Award Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater Company). Noel is also an accomplished bass player, very active in NYC’s electric blues scene.

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