Bill Williams is a director, teacher and private acting coach. While teaching acting in the highly regarded theater department at Trinity School in Manhattan, he also directed over 60 productions at Trinity and in New York.
Many of his students have gone on to professional lives as working actors in film, on television, on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. More are working as successful writers, directors, composers, and stage managers, acting teachers and in arts management. They frequently cite Bill as an inspiration in their artistic lives. Early in his career in New York, while working as an actor, Bill discovered his real passion was teaching and directing. He studied directing at Columbia University with George Ferencz and later at NYU with Carl Weber. More recently Bill was part of the Teacher’s Development Program at The Actor’s Center where he had the good fortune to study with Ron Van Lieu, Christopher Bayes, Slava Dolgachev, William Esper and Michael Miller. He followed that with further clown and commedia under Christopher Bayes.
Bill studied acting at The Warren Robertson Studio with Larry Moss, Warren Robertson and Michael Karm. He took musical comedy class with Larry Moss and Betty Buckley.
At Trinity Bill was given a Creative Teaching Grant and a Paul Balduc Faculty Fellowship. He was selected for two NEH Seminars: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bowdoin College led by Prof. Herb Coursen and Shakespeare’s Hamlets at Columbia University with David Scott Kastan, a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare. He was also chosen as a participant in Multicultural Shakespeare, an NEH Institute at Columbia University with Profs. David Kastan, Richard McCoy and James Shapiro. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. degree in Psychology.