Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay, a composer, actor, writer, and director, is the Director of Music at Shakespeares Globe Theatre in London and the first American to join the theatre staff in the company's 17 year history.  A Weston, MA native and Shakespeare specialist, he has composed for the Globe (3 seasons), Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts (11 seasons, company member), the Actors Shakespeare Project in Boston (9 seasons, Resident Acting Company member), and the Tanglewood Music Center (4 seasons).  Bill was a member of the Acting Company at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, England from 2009-2012, and makes his Broadway debut with this season's Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, as Music Consultant. Bills original musical works include Call of the Wild,Three Sisters, The Hamlet Symphony, Everyman Found, and The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid; his solo performances include Muse on Fire: Shakespeare & the Music of the Spheres, which has been performed over a dozen times across the US and UK. He has performed roles or composed original scores for The Huntington Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, W.H.A.T., Central Square Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, the Vineyard Playhouse, The Olney Theatre Center, Connecticut Rep, La MaMa ETC, and Theater Row (NYC), among others. He has held artist residencies at universities across the country, has taught acting at Emerson College and Boston University, and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University. In addition to recurring roles on Showtime (Brotherhood) and PBS, Bill can be seen in the filmsOcean Boulevard and The Time Machine (DreamWorks). In addition to his work with the BYSO, he has collaborated with the ALEA III Orchestra, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, and the Aurea Ensemble (which commissioned his latest concert work, Five Sonnets to Orpheus), and is a founding member of The Mahagonny Ensemble in Poughkeepsie, New York. A winner of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship (the largest grant for actors in the US), and the Boston Globe Monologue Scholarship Competition, he is a two-time Elliot Norton Award nominee for sound design, and has twice received Metlifes Meet the Composer Grants. A 1999 Weston High School grad, Bill is an alumnus of Vassar College and the National Theatre Institute, and earned his MFA at the Boston University School of Theatre. His first books as editor will be published this year: The Plays of Jon Lipsky, Volumes 1 and 2 (Smith & Kraus). www.shakespearealoud.com