Theatre and Dance

Bill Kincaid

Head of Performance
Office: 109 Browne Hall
Phone: (309) 298-1173

Bill Kincaid

Head of Performance, Bill came to WIU in 2003 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has received the College of Fine Arts and Communications's Creative Activity Award, the COFAC Outstanding Teacher Award, and the COFAC Outstanding Service Award. The Illinois Theatre Association presented him with its Award of Honor in 2014. He is also a past recipient of a Faculty Fellowship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

In 2018, Bill published Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare (Routledge Press). The book is an outgrowth of his particular interest in original performance practice of Elizabethan plays.

Bill has acted in productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the New England Shakespeare Festival, and Chicago's Vitalist Theatre. He directs regularly at the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Indiana and New York's Cortland Repertory Theatre. He 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.

At WIU, Bill directed productions of Fuddy Meers, Henry IV, Part One, Bach at Leipzig, The Visit, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Take Me Out, Henry VI, Joyful Noise, Betty's Summer Vacation, and Tribes.