Department of Theatre

Wil Kilroy

Professor of Theatre; Major Advising Coordinator, Interim Department Chair
Wil Kilroy


51 College Avenue, Gorham Campus

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-5394

Wil has worked nationally as an actor and director, recently appearing as Steve in Becky’s New Car, with the Good Theatre in Portland.  Other stage roles range  from Michael in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding to Laertes in Hamlet, with TV appearances including As the World Turns, All My Children, Babylon Five, and commercials.  Wil is also an alumni guest artist for The State Ballet of Rhode Island where he annually plays the role of Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia.

Wil’s directing credits range from Nunsense to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – an original presentation which was devised with the cast, and his productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Laramie Project, and Purple Breasts were all chosen to perform at the New England Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Purple Breasts was presented at several additional venues, including at the National Breast Care Conference in Washington, D.C.

Wil was part of a cultural exchange which entailed teaching and directing in Mytilene on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and he taught in London for several summers.  As the co-founder of the National Michael Chekhov Association, along with the executrix of Michael Chekhov’s estate, the late Mala Powers, Wil has taught workshops all over the country, in venues ranging from Loyola Marymount University to Bowling Green University, and at various conferences.  Wil has been a workshop presenter and participated as an actor/director annually for the New Play Development Program at the national conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Wil is former New England Chair of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, and was awarded the Kennedy Center bronze medallion for achievement in Theatre Education in 2014.  Wil has also served as the chair of the New England Theatre Conference.

Wil is the recipient of the Moss Hart Award, the Maine Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award, an acting scholarship for study with Uta Hagen, USM’s Advisor award, and USM’s Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award. Wil is also a certified fitness instructor.

BFA:  University of Rhode Island
MFA:  University of Illinois

Additional Training:
The National Shakespeare Conservatory, NYC
The American Academy of Dramatic Art
H.B. Studios, NYC
The Michael Chekhov Studio, NYC