William Alderson - Founder and President


William Alderson was trained as an actor and teacher by Sanford Meisner and worked as Mr. Meisner’s principal assistant and Associate Director at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City for over twenty years. He made his directorial debut in 1975 with William Inge’s “The Disposal” at the Jan Hus Theatre in New York City. Mr. Alderson has been training actors for more than 40 years. 


In addition to teaching, Mr. Alderson has directed a variety of theatre productions in New York, and worked closely with playwright Horton Foote. He directed Foote’s “The Traveling Lady” (Westbeth Theatre Center of the Arts) and “Lily Dale” (The Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York). He appeared in Foote’s well-received “The Roads to Home” with Jean Stapleton.  Mr. Alderson is a member of the Director’s Unit of the Actor’s Studio and has appeared on and off-broadway, as well as in film and television. In 1995, Mr. Alderson opened the William Alderson Acting Studio in Los Angeles.



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