William Wesbrooks, Director of Vocal Performance

William Wesbrooks, a native of southern New Mexico, has made his home in New York City for the past twenty-five years pursuing a successful career as a stage director, playwright, and teacher. He most recently directed Tovah Feldshuh in her critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, TALLULAH HALLELUJAH! which was named by USA Today as one of the "ten best productions" of the year 2000. Other credits include GYPSY with Dolores Gray and SHENANDOAH with John Raitt. He staged the musical numbers for Sarah Miles' one-woman show, SHEBA, and has directed national tours of BRIGADOON, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, THE KING AND I, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, and WEST SIDE STORY. Recent credits include MY ONE AND ONLY with Jodi Benson and Hinton Battle and MY FAIR LADY with Gary Beach and Maureen Brennan. Regional credits include PRIVATE LIVES, THE MIKADO, THE SECRET GARDEN, and A WONDERFUL LIFE which was recently awarded both "best musical" and "best director" awards by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. As a playwright his first play, BEFORE I WAKE, was awarded a CAPS Fellowship and a Ludwig Vogelstein Grant as well as a development grant from the Pilgrim Project. With composer Ronald Strauss he co-wrote the libretto for BARBARY KEEP, a ballad opera which received a 1994 development grant from the National Endowment as was produced in the spring of 2001 as part of NYU's new works development project. In collaboration with Maury Yeston he wrote the book for HISTORY LOVES COMPANY and directed that show's world premiere in Chicago. In addition to having taught acting at NYU for the past several years, his other teaching experience includes serving as a guest director/artist for both Rockford College and The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and Actors Equity Association.