Theatre and Dance

Bill Jenkins

Chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance and Associate Professor of Theatre

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AC 306   Phone: 765-285-8740  

Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Additional Information
Teaching Areas: Directing, Musical Theatre, Acting
Tenured faculty
Date of Hire: September 2000 

Biography
Bill Jenkins is proud to be the Chair of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where he serves as an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, Directing, and Acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed The Laramie Project (which was selected as the national alternate for the KC/ACTF Competition), Songs for a New World, Going to St. Ives, A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, The Philadelphia Story, Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Orpheus in the Underworld. Most recently, Mr. Jenkins co-directed The Drowsy Chaperone with Ball State guest faculty member and program supporter Sutton Foster. Mr. Jenkins also annually directs Ball State's "New York Showcase" with NY Casting Director Stephanie Klapper.

Professor Jenkins is an active professional director who is a proud member of the Society of Director's and Choreographers Union (SDC).  His directorial experiences includes extensive work in Chicago with the Drury Lane Oakbrook (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the upcoming Singin in the Rain), Noble Fool Theatre (Ruthless, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Some Enchanted Evening, and Roasting Chestnuts), Famous Door Theatre Company (The Living, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Production), and work with the musical theatre group Cabarrah including the 2006 Sondheim Celebration at Millennium Park, Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged, Knight of the Burning Pestle and Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, among others), the Clarence Brown Theatre (It's A Wonderful Life:" The Radio Play andViolet), Summer Studio Theatre Company at the Krannert Center (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Educating Rita, Born Yesterday, This Property is Condemned, and An Unsatisfactory Supper), Nebraska Repertory Theatre (Measure for Measure). In addition to his directorial credits, Professor Jenkins serves as the Immediate Past-President of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, is a proud recipient of the prestgious MATC Fellowes Award for Outstanding Achievement, and is active as an evaluator for the acting auditions through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Regional Festival and at the University/Resident Theatre Auditions (U/RTA) in Chicago.

Professor Jenkins received his MFA in directing from Illinois State University, and also hold a Masters and Bachelors degree from Ball State University in speech communications and acting. His greatest rold is that of husband to his beautiful wife, Sarah and father to his beautiful daughter Catherine Rose and his beloved golden retriever, Daisy.