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University of South Alabama,
Department of Dramatic Arts

T. Fulton Burns

Fulton Burns 

Assistant Professor (2009)
Director of Acting and Performance
Acting, Directing
B.A. Winthrop University 
M.F.A. Western Illinois University 
office phone 460-6305 


Fulton Burns is the Director of Acting & Performance at the University of South Alabama’s (USA) Department of Dramatic Arts. Prior to his arrival at USA he instructed at The University of Montana and Illinois College. He has performed as a guest artist/instructor at The University of Nevada Las Vegas, Columbia College, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts along with other schools across the United States.  He attended Winthrop University where he earned his BA in Theatre and completed his graduate work (MFA) at Western Illinois University (WIU) specializing in Directing for the Stage. His directing credits include, but are not limited to, The Complete Works of WLLM SHKSPR: abridgedThe Serpent, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  Fulton has also received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) Certificate of Merit for his work as a director on Anything GoesI Hate HamletCyrano de Bergerac, and The Three Musketeers at USA andAmadeus at WIU.

Fulton began his theatre career as a dancer in the Southeast in both ballet and modern dance with companies like Charleston Ballet Theater and Greenville Ballet to name a few. Since this time he has furthered his movement training to include physical comedy, mask work, and stage combat.   His training include teaching certifications in Yoga (YogaFit) and voice/movement techniques with the Expressive Actor Method. Fulton is now in the process towards gaining certification in the Michael Chekhov technique with the National Michael Chekhov Association.

Burns is also a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and a member since 2000 in addition to being an award winning Advanced Actor Combatant recognized in all eight weapons that the organization has to offer.  He is also an Instructor with the Dueling Arts International (DAI) making USA one of only 8 schools in the United States to offer Certificate Tests in both organizations (SAFD & DAI).  Fulton’s fight director work has included choreographed fights for ExtremetiesOthelloThe Beaux StratagemRomeo and JulietThe IllusionMan of La Mancha & Hamlet among others and has received the KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Fight Direction for Children of Eden at USA and Romeo & Juliet at Mississippi Northwest Community College.

Prior to arriving at the USA Department of Dramatic Arts, Burns worked professionally with Moises Kaufman as an assistant director, along with the Living Theatre and Cirque du Soleil’s production of Quidam.



Dueling Arts

Expressive Actor

Michael Chekhov


The Cutting Edge:
And Scene (A Guide to Locating Fight Scenes)

Fighting the Elements (Determining the Best Scenes for Skills Proficiency Tests)
What a World - What a World (Scene/Script Analysis for Fight Plays)
I Can't - I Have Rehearsal
A Violent Character
Beating the Punches
Dueling with SPT Questions
In the Footlight
Just Before Dawn
The Games People Play
When the Smoke from the Battle has Cleared
Throwing Down the Gauntlet (Finding the Best Partnership for Fight Scene Work)

The Fightmaster
Random Acts of Violence

Theatre Topics Double Book Review
Physical Theatre: A Critical Reader By Simon Murry & John Keefe