Robert Westley, associate professor of Drama and Dance, is the fight coordinator for A Bronx Tale: The Musical, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. With a book by Chazz Palminteri and music by Alan Menken, the show opens for previews February 4 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and runs through March 6, 2016.
Recently, Professor Westley’s work in the Broadway production of Hand to God was recognized in positive reviews by Variety, Broadway World, The New York Times, New York Observer, New York Daily News and Theater Mania.
Professor Westley has served on the Hofstra faculty since 2006. On the Hofstra stage he served as movement choreographer and coach for The Comedy of Errors and Don Juan Comes Back From The War during the spring of 2014 and Intimations for Saxophone in fall 2010. He was the fight director for Hamlet: A Bare Bodkin (2012), This Bud of Love – A One-Hour Romeo and Juliet (2008 and 2013), Undeclared History (2011), and The War of the Roses (2011).
Off-campus, he has performed, directed, and choreographed movement and staged violence for award-winning theater productions, internationally acclaimed opera houses and films for 23 years.