Bill’s passion for constructing objects that fire the imagination dates from when he was six years old and built a set of tiny airplanes out of wood chips that his father had chiseled out of a door frame. It was through the work of William Christenberry that Bill discovered his own vocation as a visual artist. He has since built environments out of wood, fabric, paper mache, house paint and other materials. Photography is central to his process and output. His work in the visual arts draws on his long experience in theater. Bill appeared at age 13 in Richard’s Lear, directed by Richard Schechner and, while in high school, studied drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, he lived in New York City, where he studied figure drawing at the Art Students League, read scripts for the Lark Theatre, and performed with Peter Schumann’s Bread & Puppet Theater. In 1999, he came to Chicago and earned his M.A. in cross cultural studies. While a graduate student, Bill performed as a puppeteer with Redmoon Theater at venues including Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Field Museum. He was a recipient of a Level I Award for writing from the National Arts Recognition and Talent Search (YoungArts) and also was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for writing. His three plays, Three Beautiful Children (2005), Customer for Life (2006) and Small Things (2007), received full productions at the Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival in Chicago. In 2007, his play, Not Once, received a workshop reading at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Bill has published in Commonweal and other publications, and has presented papers before the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Society of Dance History Scholars. His experience in arts administration includes time at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has served twice on the Ethnic & Folk Arts Program Advisory Panel for the Illinois Arts Council and twice on the CityArts Program Review Panel for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (once for theater; once for dance). His work as a writer and advocate for cultural democracy has been supported by three special assistance grants from the Illinois Arts Council. He has been a guest instructor in the visual art program at the Lycée Français de Chicago. He has exhibited as a photographer at Filter Space (Chicago), and as a sculptor at National YoungArts Foundation Gallery (Miami). Bill lives in Minneapolis.