William Partlan

Director (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Director (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Director (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Director (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Bill Partlan is associate professor and head of stage directing in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He currently serves as artistic director for the theatre program. He is also the artistic director of Triple Espresso LLC. in Minneapolis, MN. His world premier production of Triple Espresso has been performed in 48 American cities, as well as in Canada, Ireland, London’s West End, in Belgium in Flemish, and in Munich and Berlin in German.

He has directed such well-known talents as Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Mary McDonnell, Frances McDormand, Howard Rollins, and John Turturro in off-Broadway, regional and international premiers over the last 35 years. Known for his work with new plays by playwrights David Lindsay Abaire, Lee Blessing, Jeffrey Hatcher, John Patrick Shanley and Robert Schenkkan, Partlan has directed 44 plays at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference including premieres of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Fences.

Partlan directed the world premier of All God’s Dangers, starring Cleavon Little at the Cricket Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway and for PBS American Playhouse. His American-premiere production of Hugh Whitemore’s The Best of Friends was produced off-Broadway by Michael Douglas and Producer Circle. He directed Swim Visit and Sacred Journey off-Broadway at Primary Stages. His production of Sacred Journey toured the U.S. and Great Britain, twice. He has directed regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, The Empty Space, Florida Stage, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, and Yale Repertory Theatre. 

Partlan was, for nine years, the artistic director of the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis. He served as Producing artistic director of New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi and founded and directed the New Play Series at New York’s Bottom Line Theatre where he premiered the musical Leader of the Pack, the music of Ellie Greenwich, featuring Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Vivino, Lenny Pickett and Ellie Greenwich herself. Partlan has directed for National Public Radio’s Earplay Series and has served as an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts and as Jury Chairman for the 2000 Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. 

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and the National Theatre Institute.  He earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota on a Bush Foundation Fellowship.

Education

  • M.F.A. Directing, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College
  • Certificate. National Theatre Institute, Eugene ONeill Theater Center

Research Interests

 

Effective new play development methods involving playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, actors and designers in a collaborative creative process.

Research Activity

Professionally, I develop new versions of my production of Triple Espresso as it is produced in multiple cities nationally and internationally. I direct new works at the Phoenix Theatre in their new play incubator each year and also direct new work at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. I annually devlop new work on campus with MFA Playwrights in workshops with MFA directors and student actors.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 418 Advanced Directing
THE 492 Honors Directed Study
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 518 Advanced Directing Lab
THP 580 Practicum
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
THP 301 Theatre Production
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 318 Intermediate Directing
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 520 Directing the New Play
THP 580 Practicum
THP 593 Applied Project
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 218 Introduction to Directing
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 418 Advanced Directing
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 501 Performance: Solo Performance
THP 505 Graduate Colloquium
THP 518 Advanced Directing Lab
THP 580 Practicum
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 684 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
THP 301 Theatre Production
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 318 Intermediate Directing
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 520 Directing the New Play
THP 580 Practicum
THP 593 Applied Project
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 418 Advanced Directing
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 580 Practicum
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
THP 684 Internship
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
THP 301 Theatre Production
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 318 Intermediate Directing
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 494 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 520 Directing the New Play
THP 580 Practicum
THP 593 Applied Project
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 418 Advanced Directing
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 580 Practicum
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
THP 684 Internship
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 318 Intermediate Directing
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 520 Directing the New Play
THP 580 Practicum
THP 593 Applied Project
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 218 Introduction to Directing
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 418 Advanced Directing
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 505 Graduate Colloquium
THP 518 Advanced Directing Lab
THP 580 Practicum
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 684 Internship
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
THP 307 Acting: Research & Performance
THP 318 Intermediate Directing
THP 401 Theatre Practicum
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 520 Directing the New Play
THP 593 Applied Project
THP 598 Special Topics
THP 680 Practicum
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project

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