OFF-NIGHT REPERTORY (bios)


DUSTIN WILLS
"THE MOTHS" and “OPHELIA” Director/Author

Dustin hails from Austin, Texas, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Theatre and Dance and English Literature, both Magna Cum Laude. While at the University he created an ensemble based theatre collective called Spotlight Music Theatre Ensemble (Voted Best Artistic Organization 2003 and 2005). Also, while at school he studied Shakespearean text at Brasenose College at Oxford University and also Italian language at the Centro Studi Americano. Of the seven plays he has directed, six were conceived from the ground up and included a blend of new music, fresh choreography, and text devised by the actors. His latest experiment, Cymbeline, or what i will, used text from all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays molded into the narrative of Shakespeare’s late play Cymbeline. (Nominated for seven Austin Critic’s Table Awards including a win for Best Director). Other new work includes Hylas and the Nymphs (Austin Chronicle pick “Best 10 shows of 2005”), Ophelia (George H. Mitchell Award for outstanding scholarship in theatre), The Late Night Radio Show, The Art of War, and Women We Hate (Oscar G. Brockett Award, Best Ensemble and Best Production). Dustin has been commended for his ambitious subject matter, freshness of text and productions wrife with dream-like images. Dustin has also worked with New Jersey Shakespeare Festival director Paul Mullens, collaborated with New York Performance Group The Universe’s Jamal Chasten on a world preimere, and studied under The Cleveland Playhouse Artistic Director Michael Bloom. He is also a writer, actor, choreographer and singer and frequently blends these artistic mediums into any production.

QUOTES:
On "Cymbeline, or What I Will"
“Dustin Wills produces Shakespeare taken to the stratosphere.”- Robert Faires- Arts Editor- Austin Chronicle 2006
On "Hylas and the Nymphs"
“I always fear watching student work, but this was dazzling!”- Robert Faires- Arts Editor- Austin Chronicle 2005
On "Ophelia"
"A feast of art. Here is a young director that feels like Mary Zimmerman."- Sherry Kramer, Playwright and member of the Michener Center for Writers 2005
On "The Moths"
see article from "Wanted in Rome"