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Bill Caise -- Assistant Director

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Phone: (765) 494-4630
Email: wpcaise@purdue.edu

Bill Caise, a native of Kentucky, is from a small town just outside of Lexington. Caise did his undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky and received his MFA from the University of Iowa. While at the University of Iowa, Caise appeared in the world premiere productions of Karin Coonrod’s Everything that Rises Must Converge (an adaptation of Flannery O’Connor short stories), Robert Alexander’s The Last Orbit of Billy Mars as well as the Hansberry award winning production of Levy ‘Lee’ Simon’s The Bow Wow Club. Some of Caise’s favorite roles have been Cutler in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, as well as Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest.

A director as well as actor Caise has directed shows ranging from William Shakespeare’s Loves Labours Lost, to Luigi Pirandello’s Man with the Flower in His Mouth and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. A few of his favorites productions have been: his adaptation of James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones, in which he took the poems and set them in a historical context, George C. Wolfe’s Colored Museum, which he staged using African Ceremony and rituals, and The Dictator’s Nose on which he had the pleasure of working with celebrated clown and solo performer Bob Berky.

As an Educator Bill has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa and the Governor’s School for the Arts as well has held adjunct positions at Purdue in the Dept. of Theatre and African American Studies. Caise was also a founding member as well as Artistic Director of MESSAGE Theatre, a theatre company that focused on the works of African-American theatre.

Bill is looking forward to his new role at the BCC as Assistant Director and looks forward to assisting in the growth of the Performing Arts Ensembles and the Artist-in-Residence program.

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