Davis Robinson

Professor of Theater

Bowdoin College

40 Seeley Ave
Portland, ME 04103
United States




Davis Robinson is founder and artistic director of Beau Jest Moving Theater, a company he formed to create movement-based theater pieces with a core ensemble of actors (www.beaujest.com). As director, co-writer, and frequent performer, shows include Samurai 7.0, Motion Sickness, Ubu Roi, The Cardiff Giant, War of the Worlds, and “Krazy Kat”, winner of an Elliot Norton Award. Beau Jest also works with the more fantastic plays of Tennessee Williams, and has presented two world premieres of TW's at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Davis is a Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he teaches ensemble devising, physical theater, directing, theater styles, and improvisation. He trained with Tony Montanaro and Jacques Lecoq, and has worked with a number of modern dancers. His love for text grew out of seven years of working with Kristin Linklater at Emerson College. He is a frequent director for the Theater at Monmouth in Maine. Music/theater collaborations include Don Dinicola's opera Ubu Roi and Laura Harrington/Roger Ames’ Martin Guerre for the North Shore Music Theater/NOMTI festival. Davis directed the New England premiere of Epic Proportions at the Lyric Stage in Boston, and The Late George Apley for Emerson College. He is the author of The Physical Comedy Handbook, now in its ninth printing, and can be found every summer at the Celebration Barn Theater in Maine where he teaches workshops on Ensemble Devising and Comedy. His new book "A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising" was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Movement Specialties:

Body Language


Clowning and Circus

Commedia dell'Arte

Conditioning and Acrobatics

Devised Theatre

Improvisation/Theatre Games

Impulse Work




Movement for the Actor

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre


Stage Combat

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation

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