Rory Ledbetter is an award-winning Director, Actor, Solo Artist, Voiceover Artist, Dialect Coach, and Educator. He is Head of the BFA in Acting for Stage & Screen at The University of Mississippi, where he is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, and he is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.
Rory received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Florida State University and a BA in Theatre from Brenau University. He has directed shows at Theatre Southeast, Tecumseh, Swamp Gravy, WonderQuest Children’s Theatre, The Gainesville Theatre Alliance, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, and Florida State University.
His acting credits include Film/TV: Your Worst Nightmare (ID Channel), Run Ronnie Run (New Line), The Delivery Boy Chronicles (independent feature), Son of Sun (narrative short), Mangry (pilot),The Sky Is Falling (narrative short), Thumb King (narrative short), Bowled Over a Sea of Eggshells (narrative short), Two Commandments (narrative short); Theatre: The Oxford Shakespeare Festival, IO West, Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, Pasadena Shakespeare in the Park.
Rory has also written and devised numerous pieces of theatre, including two solo shows, A Mind Full of Dopamine and The Road to Santiago. In particular, A Mind Full of Dopamine has been performed and produced at The Ottawa Fringe (“Steve Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award” winner), The Regina International Fringe, The Calgary International Fringe (“Best of Fest” winner and “The Most Outstanding Performer” winner), The New Orleans Fringe, The Orlando Fringe, and The Vancouver International Fringe (“Spirit of the Fringe Award” winner). Dopamine has also been the featured keynote presentation at the National Conference on Problem Gambling, the Rural Institute on Drug & Alcohol Abuse, and The Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission Problem Gambling Symposium.
Rory has also written and directed Firemax (narrative short) for the Oxford Film Festival, Elect My Husband (commercial) for Kevin Frye for Senate, Step Outisde (commercial) for Wadkins for Congress,Your Loss (music video) for Firespark Productions, and The Theatre Director (documentary) for Theatre in Action.
In addition, Rory has dialect and vocal coached productions at New Stage Theatre, The Oxford Shakespeare Festival, The Gainesville Theatre Alliance and University of Mississippi. He has also dialect coached the docu-drama film The Past is Never Dead (Coffee House FIlms).