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William Hardesty Layton, American, Spanish theater director. Recipient Best Director of Year award Critics Circle, 1980; named to King of Spain's Honors List, 1989, Honorary Professor, Real Escuela de Arte Dramático, 1991. With United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, PTO. Member Dramatists Guild, Sociedad Autores España, Asociacion Directores España, Fundación (President Honorario 1994).

Background

Layton, William Hardesty was born on December 23, 1913 in Osborne, Kansas, United States. Son of Walter Adonis and Helen Olivia (Amos) Layton.

Education

Bachelor, University Colorado, 1936. Graduate, American Academy Dramatic Arts, 1938. Student, Herbert Berghoff Studios, 1948.

Studied with Sanford Meisner, Neighborhood Playhouse, 1956.

Career

Actor, New York City and London, 1937-1949. Member faculty American Academy Dramatic Arts/American Theatre Wing, New York City, 1947-1956. Actor films and television Spain, 1966-1983.

Teacher National Film School, Madrid, 1968-1973, (Royal Academy Dramatic Art), Madrid, 1970-1984, Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain, 1975-1977. Honorary president, director William Layton Laboratorio del Teatro, Madrid. Founder, director Teatro Estudio Madrid, Teatro Experimental, Teatro Estable Castellano, Madrid, 1962-1983.

Consultant Spanish National Theater, Madrid, 1989-1994.

Membership

With United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, PTO. Member Dramatists Guild, Sociedad Autores España, Asociacion Directores España, Fundación (President Honorario 1994).

Connections

father:
Walter Adonis Layton

mother:
Helen Olivia (Amos) Layton