William (Bill) Partland ’73 spent thirty years working as a free-lance director and as an artistic director in both the not-for-profit and commercial theatre before moving into education – join us via Skype to ask any questions related to either working professionally in the theater and/or pursuing graduate studies.
January 30th @ 3:30 PM in Rockefeller 1930s Room
Bill Partlan is Associate Professor and head of Directing in the School of Theatre and Film of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He is also the Artistic Director of Triple Espresso LLC. in Minneapolis. His world premier production of TRIPLE ESPRESSO has been performed in 44 American cities, as well as in Canada, Ireland, London’s West End, Belgium in Flemish, and Munich and Berlin in German.
He has directed such well-known talents as Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Mary McDonnell, Frances McDormand, Howard Rollins, and John Turturro in off-Broadway, regional and international premiers over the last twenty-five years. Known for his work with new plays and playwrights like Alan Ball, Lee Blessing, Jeffrey Hatcher, and John Patrick Shanley, he has directed forty-four new plays at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference including premiers of August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM and FENCES.
Bill directed the world premier of ALL GOD’S DANGERS, starring Cleavon Little at the Cricket Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway and for PBS American Playhouse. His American-premiere production of Hugh Whitemore’s THE BEST OF FRIENDS was produced off-Broadway by Michael Douglas and Producer Circle. He directed SWIM VISIT and SACRED JOURNEY off-Broadway at Primary Stages. His production of SACRED JOURNEY toured the U.S. and Great Britain, twice. He has directed regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, The Empty Space, Florida Stage, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, and Yale Repertory Theatre.
Bill was for nine years the Artistic Director of the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis. He served as Producing Artistic Director of New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi and founded and directed the New Play Series at New York’s Bottom Line Theatre where he premiered the musical LEADER OF THE PACK, the music of Ellie Greenwich, featuring Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Vivino, Lenny Pickett and Ellie Greenwich herself. Bill has directed for National Public Radio’s EARPLAY series and has served as an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts and as Jury Chairman for the 2000 Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and the National Theatre Institute. He earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota on a Bush Foundation Fellowship. (Biography supplied to us courtesy of Bill Partlan)