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Bill Watson

Associate Professor, Acting

Area Head, Acting


MFA, Acting, University of Washington
BSS, Northwestern University


Bill Watson is a professional actor and director and has taught movement, acting and directing on the faculties of the Universities of Texas, Idaho and Montana before coming to UWM to head up the BFA acting program. Professional credits include: Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Empty Space,  Milwaukee's Chamber Theatre, First Stage, The Montana Repertory Theatre, Montana Shakespeare In The Parks,

Watson teaches Acting, Directing, Alexander Technique, Mask Performance and Clowning. He has collaborated and studied with such international physical performers as Bob Berky and Avner Eisenberg.  Bill is a co-founder of Feast of Crispian, a non-profit theatre organization that utilizes Acting processes and Shakespeare text as a therapeutic intervention for people dealing with trauma, particularly American service veterans. Feast of Crispian is collaborative partner with the Milwaukee VA hospital, The American Lake VA hospital in Tacoma Washington.

Feast of Crispian also produces Veteran acted productions of Shakespeare plays and originally devised productions built out veteran's stories woven through with Shakespeare texts and original song. In 2019 Feast of Crispian produced the First National Veterans Theatre Festival in collaboration with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.