The comedy Hand to God, featuring fight direction by Robert Westley, associate professor of Drama and Dance, is up for five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director. Professor Westley’s work in Hand to God has been recognized in positive reviews by Variety, Broadway World, The New York Times, New York Observer, New York Daily News and Theater Mania.
The Tony Awards take place this Sunday, June 7, at Radio City Music Hall. Before its move to Broadway earlier this spring, Hand to God had an off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for which it won a Lucille Lortel Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.
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. Most recently he choreographed New York City productions of Lesser America’s Trevor, Second Stage Theatre’s production of Butcher of Baraboo, Studio 42’s Billy Witch, The New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The Screams of Kitty Genovese, the Keen Company’s Tea and Sympathy, and The New York Fringe Festival’s The Salacious Uncle Baldrick and Waiter, Waiter. Professor Westley’s regional credits include the Asolo Theatre Repertory’s The Game’s Afoot and God of Carnage, the 75th Anniversary Tour of Porgy and Bess, Boston’s New Repertory Theatre’s A Skull in Connemara and Los Angeles’ Circle X Theatre. He has choreographed physical action for the National Lyric Opera of New York, Opera Providence, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, The Lost Colony and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival.