Chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance
Teaching Areas: Directing, Musical Theatre, Acting
Date of Hire: September 2000
Bill Jenkins is proud to be the Chair of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where he serves as a Full Professor of Musical Theatre, Directing, and Acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed several shows including The Laramie Project (which was selected as the national alternate for the KC/ACTF Competition), The Drowsy Chaperone (with guest artist Sutton Foster), Baby, Noises Off, 42nd Street, A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Doubt among others. Mr. Jenkins also annually directs Ball State's "New York Showcase" with NY Casting Director Rachel Hoffman and the “Chicago Showcase” with Artistic Director of Drury Lane Oakbrook Bill Osetek.
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 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, The Clarence Brown Theatre (Spamalot, It’s A Wonderful Life:” The Radio Play and Violet), Actor’s Theatre of Indiana (Always, Patsy Cline and the upcoming The Fantasticks), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged, Knight of the Burning Pestle and Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, among others), 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), and The Nebraska Repertory Theatre (Measure for Measure).
In addition to his directorial credits, Professor Jenkins is the past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, is a proud recipient of the prestigious 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 holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree from Ball State University in speech communications and acting. His greatest role is that of husband to his beautiful wife, Sarah and father to his beautiful daughter Catherine Rose and his little boy Teddy Ryan.