Bill Jenkins is honored and excited to return to The Clarence Brown Theatre where he has previously directed two versions of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and a staged version of Violet in 2008. A proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC), his past directorial credits include work in Chicago at Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin’ in the Rain) Noble Fool Theatricals (Ruthless, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Some Enchanted Evening, and Roasting Chestnuts), and Famous Door Theatre Company (Assistant Director on The Living, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Production).  Regionally, Mr. Jenkins has worked at the Actor’s Theatre of Indiana (Always Patsy Cline, The Fantasticks), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Complete Works 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 Nebraska Repertory Theatre (Measure for Measure). Bill is proud to be the Chair of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance where he serves as a Professor of Musical Theatre, Directing, and Acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed several productions including 42nd Street, Doubt, The Drowsy Chaperone (co-directed with Tony Award winner Sutton Foster), Cabaret, Noises Off, and The Laramie Project (this production was selected as the national alternate for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s National Competition in Washington, D.C.) among others.  Mr. Jenkins annually directs Ball State’s Chicago and New York Showcase for graduating seniors. Bill received his Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from Illinois State University, and also holds a Masters and Bachelors degree from Ball State University in Speech Communications and Acting. His greatest role is that of husband and father to his wife Sarah, daughter Catie Rose, and son Teddy Ryan. Sincere thanks to his fellow collaborators Christie Zimmerman and Terry Silver Alford, the talented company of actors and designers, the entire Clarence Brown family and, in particular, his dear friends Cal and Rebecca MacLean for another opportunity to visit Tennessee!