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Classical Voice Faculty: Bill Bowers

Bill Bowers
Actor, Mime
Adjunct Instructor



As an actor and mime, Bill Bowers has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He appeared on Broadway as Zazu in The Lion King and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. His acclaimed original mime shows, 'Night Sweethear 'Night Buttercup and Under a Montana Moon were produced Off Broadway and received critical raves. Bill has performed on the stages of Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Kennedy Center.

Bill played the title role in George M. at Broadway in the Rockies, and has performed the solo play Fully Committed at Tennessee, Rep, Arkansas Rep, and Seven Angels Theater. His newest original play, It Goes Without Saying, premiered at the Adirondack Theater Festival, and was also produced at the Berkshire Theater Festival.

Bill can be seen in the feature film, Two Weeks Notice, starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. His television credits include All My Children, One Life to Live, Remember W.E.N.N., Law and Order, and Disney’s Out of the Box. While on Broadway, he was featured on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Today Show, and The Tony Awards.

Bill has studied with the legendary mime Marcel Marceau. He regularly presents master classes and residencies at major universities and arts organizations, including Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, UCLA, Lincoln Center Institute, PaperMill Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, NJ Teen Arts Festival, Urban Stages, Missoula Children’s Theater, and the NJ Institute on Arts and Humanities Education.

Committed to work with young people and special audiences, Bill has developed programs for Very Special Arts, Teach for America, Americorp, Make-a-Wish Foundation, International Creative Problem-Solving Institute, RIF (Reading is FUNdamental), Operation Smile, the United Nations International School, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and In the Best Interests of the Children (serving children/teens living with HIV). He also performed in the Slim Goodbody Show for many years, teaching youngsters nationwide about health, the environment, dinosaurs, and substance abuse.

Professor Bowers received his B.A. from Rocky Mountain College, his M.F.A. from Rutgers University and his Honorary PhD in the Arts from Rocky Mountain College.