Wil Kilroy is Department Chair and Professor of Theatre at
the University of Southern Maine, Director of the Michael Chekhov Theatre
Institute for actors and teachers, since 1994, and the USM Theatre Academy
for 13 - 18 year olds, and Vice President of the National Michael Chekhov
Wil and his partner Lisa Dalton began teaching Michael Chekhov
acting classes with Mala Powers in 1993 and they formed the National Michael
Chekhov Association in 1994. For 13 years, they taught the annual Chekhov
Theatre Intensive program each year at University of Southern Maine and
made that training program part of the USM curriculum. When Mala Powers
died in 2007, they carried on the training program. When Lisa Dalton moved
to Texas in 2009, the training program was brought to Texas, where it's
been presented every year. Lisa and Wil have now taught the very popular
Theatre Intensive for 18 consecutive years and have expanded it to twice
per year, Winter or Spring and Summer.
As an actor, Wil appeared on TV as Jim for Norway Savings
Bank, and as David in Purple Breasts, on a state tour raising money for
breast cancer research.
As a director, Wil's productions of The Laramie
Project, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Everything Sprite, and Purple Breasts
were chosen for competition in Kennedy Center's New England festivals.
He recently assisted Broadway director Glenn Casale on a production of
Into the Woods.
Wil's screenplay, Nana's Slippers, was 2006 finalist in
two film festival competitions.
Wil was a recipient of Kennedy Center Bronze
Medallion and a faculty scholarship to study with Uta Hagen. He received
the Moss Hart Award, the Maine Education Association's Human and Civil
Rights Award, and USM's Outstanding Teacher / Scholar Award.