M.D. Walton

Walton headshot, b/w photo of man in dark shirt
2004
Master of Fine Arts in Acting

Favorite Memory of T&D:

There are so many, but the one that comes to mind right now is running out for the curtain call during A Midsummer Night's Dream and tripping on my costume, which resulted in me falling on my face.

Influential Professors or Classes:

I think everyone played an integral part in helping shape me not just as an actor, but a person. Fran's generosity, hugs, strength, and soul inspired me to the core. Lucien's openness, passion, specificity, friendliness, and charisma. Lee Abraham's unique ability to get things out of you and supreme intelligence. Andrea Beckham's heart and ability to lengthen and make you smile, Jim Hancock's great wisdom, Barney Hammond's stories, vocal expertise, support. Amparo and Joni Jones for encouraging me to break down barriers. Stacy and Jill for helping me realize that I can actually be an effective teacher. The list can go on and on.

Currently Living In:

Los Angeles, California (Burbank to be exact)

Profession:

Actor, Writer and Producer

Biography:

As an actor I've done three indie films recently including Sassy Pants with Anna Gunn, Haley Joel Osment and Diedrich Bader; Least Among Saints with Laura San Giacomo, Charles Dutton, and Crossroads

As a writer/producer, I'm currently continue to fund my film The Championship Rounds which will start off as a short. It's about a young, deaf boxer who raises his six month old son on his own. Attached to the short are Harold Perrineau Jr. (Lost/Oz), Larry Gilliard Jr. (The Wire, Gangs of New York), Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat, Wyatt Earp) and Sufe Bradshaw (HBO's VEEP). We also have deaf actor Michael Anthony Spady playing the lead role.

Other credits include:

Stage:

"Darren Lemming" in the national tour of Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg, directed by original Broadway director Joe Mantello

Staged reading of The Invisible Man directed and written by actor Joe Morton (Public Theatre/NYSF)

Staged reading of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel by David Rabe, directed by Best Actor Academy Award Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Public Theatre/NYSF)

Television:

Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Rescue Me, All My Children, Guiding Light, The Unit

Film:

Fall to Grace, House With Pool, Reign Over Me