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Bill Kincaid

Head of Performance
Western Illinois University

Bill Kincaid, professor of theatre at Western Illinois University, is a three-time winner of the Classical Acting Coach Award from the National Partners - American Theatre, and 2014 recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association Award of Honor. He is founder of Bard in the Barn, which has produced Unrehearsed productions of more than half of Shakespeare's plays. He directs regularly for the Cortland Repertory Theatre in New York and the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Indiana.


Bill Kincaid's lifelong connection to Shakespeare was taken in a new direction when he acted with the New England Shakespeare Festival.  Their Unrehearsed approach to the plays immediately struck a chord with him, and he took the ideas back to his students at Western Illinois University.  There, with the support of the university and the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, he founded Bard in the Barn, where students and guest artists performed Unrehearsed Shakespeare at historic barns in the area.  His continued immersion in this process has led to numerous workshops at colleges and universities, theatre conferences, and theatre companies.

Bill is also an avid theatre-goer and genealogist.  Still, his large family -- husband, parents, siblings, nieces, and nephew -- remains his greatest joy.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Shakespeare in performance, Original Practice, acting, directing


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