William co-wrote (with Doug Frew) and directed the world premiere of TO MASTER THE ART (Equity Jeff Award nomination – New Work) and directed the Midwest premiere of NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES (Non-Equity Jeff Awards – Production and Direction) as well as the Chicago premieres of HALCYON DAYS and PARAGON SPRINGS.

Other credits include the Jeff-nominated production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Writers, where he has also directed HEARTBREAK HOUSE, AS YOU LIKE IT, ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST, INCIDENT AT VICHY and the world premieres of Brett Neveu’s OLD GLORY and DO THE HUSTLE. He directed CURTAINS at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, THE CHALK GARDEN, and his own adaptation with original music of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (music by Andrew Hansen, lyrics by Doug Frew and Patti McKenny) at Northlight. He has directed 14 productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., including TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, THE CRITIC, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA and THE MATCHMAKER. Bill also directed FALLEN ANGELS at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

He received an Equity Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in NIXON’S NIXON at Writers Theatre, and the Chicago Tribune named him Chicagoan of the Year for Theatre.

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As To Master the Art begins its new life, courtesy of the Chicago Commercial Collective and Broadway In Chicago, I thought it worth noting just how we got to this point in a process that …

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