As Associate Director and Production Manager for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (LORT B and C) he directed successful productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, You Can’t Take it With You, Steel Magnolias and Zelda, and produced All God’s Dangers with Cleavon Little, and the Atlanta production of Pump Boys and Dinettes which began a long-standing association with the Dodger Producers of New York.
Other directing credits include the premiere reading of State of the Art and highly acclaimed productions of The Glass Menagerie and Driving Miss Daisy at GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY, and Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, Plainsong at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Patsy…Shooting Star at the Houseman Theatre, NYC, as well as Fen and Hair at Auburn University.
At the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Bill was Production Stage Manager and Assistant Director for Artistic Director Liviu Ciulei, working with internationally renowned directors Liviu Ciulei, Andre Serban, Richard Forman, Michael Langham, and Lucien Pintilie, among others.
He directed the premiere of Daughters, by Martin Jones, Waiting for Godot, and The Woolgatherer for the Guthrie Studio Series.
Other directing credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rumors, Always, Patsy Cline, Othello, As You Like It, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Peter Pan, Grace & Glorie, The Sunshine Boys, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and My Name is Rachel Corrie.
A graduate of Mars Hill University, Bill earned his MFA degree in Drama at the University of Virginia and is a retired Professor of Theatre Arts from the MHU faculty and served as Chair from 2012-2015. For the University he has directed The Little Foxes, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, Story Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Tartuffe, The Crucible, Company, The Importance of Being Earnest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Dining Room, Noises Off, and Three Sisters, Jekyll and Hyde, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Laramie Project, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Clue, the Musical, among others. December 2008, Bill directed the world premiere musical production of Miracle in Bedford Falls, a co-production with SART and Mars Hill University, based on the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Bill is a Charter member and past President of the Rotary Club of Madison County. He credits as his mentors SART founder James W. Thomas and professors C. Robert Jones and Dr. Virgil Gray, Jr. for much of his success.
Bill resides in Mars Hill, NC with his wife, actress, singer, and voiceover talent Elizabeth Aiello, and has three children; Cameron, an actor, and graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Lucas, a filmmaking graduate of SCAD; and Emelia a sophomore in college. He enjoys daily walks with his Alaskan Malamute, Mya.