Department of Theatre

William Steele

Professor of Theatre


Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

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Phone: 207-780-5482

William Steele has been teaching theater and directing plays at the University of Southern Maine for many years. He is an award-winning playwright and drama critic, the author of four books on theater and film and a professional actor with many national and regional film and television credits. He has worked directly with Cher, Richard Jordan, Azura Skye, Blythe Danner, Roy Scheider, Richard Benjamin and Clayne Crawford, among others, under AFTRA/SAG union contract.

Favorite shows directed include Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby at Mad Horse Theatre and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Freeport Players; Bernard Slade’s Same Time Next Year at Good Theater; and Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy, Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, David Auburn’s Proof, Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, David Rabe’s Streamers, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings and A View from the Bridge, Arthur Kopit’s Oh, Dad, Poor, Dad, Mark Medoff’s When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?, and Edward Albee’s Zoo Story at USM.

He has held governmental appointments to the Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Public Broadcasting.

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