Since SART’s inauguration in 1975, Bill wore many hats with SART – from actor to stage manager to company manager to director. The summer of 2001 was his first as Artistic Director, when he staged Noises Off, Lost Highway, and Frankie, which he co-authored with Perry Deane Young.
In last two decades Bill has directed SART productions of Lost in Yonkers, Arms and the Man, Shelton Laurel, The Spitfire Grill, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Of Mice and Men, Finding Clara (winner of the Silver Medal Printer Award), Steel Magnolias, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Accomplice, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Taking a Chance on Love, God’s Man in Texas, To Kill A Mockingbird, Incorruptible, The Memory Collection, as well as the revival and tour of Shelton Laurel, The Miracle Worker, The Dixie Swim Club, Evita. A Tennessee Walk, Sweet Water Taste, A little Night Music, As you Like It, Funny Girl, Death Of A Salesman and Mountain of Hope, his second collaboration with Perry Deane Young. Their third play is Home Again, based on the last year of Thomas Wolfe’s life when he returned to Asheville before his untimely death.
Bill supported production new plays through the Scriptworks playwright’s completion producing a winning play annually.
Prior to his tenure at Mars Hill University and SART, he was Producing Artistic Director of New American Theater in Rockford, Illinois, producing over 50 productions in both a Main Stage and Second Stage series. He also created a new play completion, New Voices in the Heartland.
Bill served as Artistic Director for Theater Virginia (LORT C), Richmond, where he staged Lettice and Lovage, As You Like It, Harvey, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Eleemosynary, Down the Road, Other People’s Money, True West, and Terra Nova which won the best director, best production, best scenic design, and best-supporting actor from the local Richmond critics. New Voices for the Theater, a workshop for young playwrights grades 6 through 12, was established statewide during his tenure in order to discover and nurture the talents of theater artists of the future.
Bill also served as Producing Artistic Director for the New Raft Theater Company in NYC, which was dedicated to fostering new previously unproduced plays and musicals.