Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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Theatre and Dance
Professor of Theatre
Office Location: 102A Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1173
Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting, Bill came to WIU from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he was Head of Performance in the Department of Theatre. Prior to that, he taught at the University of California-Davis, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Workshop. Bill received the College of Fine Arts and Communications's Creative Activity Award in 2008, and the COFAC Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009. He is also a recipient of a Faculty Fellowship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2008.
Recently Bill has appeared in the New England Shakespeare Festival's productions of Romeo and Juliet (as Friar Lawrence) and The Taming of the Shrew (as Baptista), and in Chicago as Kent in Vitalist Theatre's King Lear ..
He has directed at the Brown County Playhouse in Indiana, New York's Cortland Repertory Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire, Theatre Works of Sarasota Florida, and McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois.
Bill has written several children's musicals, commissioned and produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Florida Studio Theatre, and directed one of them ( The Beginning of Armadillos ) for Western Illinois University's Regional Touring Theatre.
He has a particular interest in original performance practice of Elizabethan scripts, and his studies in that area led to Macomb's "Bard in the Barn”" performances of nine plays in the past three years. Also at WIU, Bill directed productions of Fuddy Meers, Henry IV, Part One, Bach at Leipzig, The Visit, and Long Day's Journey Into Night for the WIU University Theatre season.