Fort Worth — About a year after Jubilee Theatre released artistic director Tre Garrett, its board of directors has named a new artistic director, its fourth since co-founder Rudy Eastman's death in 2004. William "Bill" Earl Ray begins his post in March, and follows Eastman, Ed Smith and Garrett.
Ray is well-known in North Texas, having performed and directed at numerous theaters since the Texas native located to Fort Worth in 1994. Ray is directing the current show at Jubilee, August Wilson's Seven Guitars, and will select the theater's 2016-17 season, which will be announced in March.
You can read Mark Lowry's story about the appointment of Ray in the Star-Telegram.
Below is the Jubilee news release about Ray:
Jubilee Theatre has appointed William (Bill) Earl Ray as their new Artistic Director.
Born outside of Austin in the small town of Rockdale (pop. 6,000), Bill grew up in Midland and Rockdale. He graduated with a BA Degree in Theatre from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
With a career spanning over 30 years as an actor, director, resident director and former Artistic Director for the stage, Bill has performed and directed locally for Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Stage West, Dallas Theater Center, Amphibian Stage Productions, Theatre Three and was the Resident Director for African American Repertory Theater from 2008 to 2010. Nationally, he is a former Artistic Director for Ndaba Theatre (Pronounced “in-da-ba”) in Portland, Oregon and has multiple stage acting and directing credits in the Tacoma/Seattle area.
Film and television acting credits include The Tuskegee Airmen (HBO) Better-Off Dead (Lifetime) and Terror in the Towers – Without Warning (NBC).
Bill directed A Love Song for Miss Lydia at Jubilee Theatre in 2007 and most recently, was seen performing the role of Kenyatta in Jubilee Theatre’s 2015 Production of Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby.
North Texas theatre patrons will be able to see his directing talents in the current production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, on the Jubilee Theatre stage now through February 28, 2016.
“On behalf of the Jubilee Theatre Board of Trustees, we are thrilled with the appointment of Bill Ray," said Board President Ellen Benson. “With his artistic vision, we look forward to a promising future for our theater.”
Bill will assume his post as the newly appointed Artistic Director for Jubilee Theatre in mid-March, after directing an upcoming production in Portland, Oregon.