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April 16, 1959 |
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Bill Bowers (born April 16, 1959) is an American mime artist and actor based in New York City. As an actor, mime and educator, Bill has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and teaches at the Bill Esper and Stella Adler studios. He is married to Costume designer and supervisor Michael Growler.
Bill was born in Missoula, Montana and graduated from Montana's Rocky Mountain College with the Dean's Cup, President's Award, and was Valedictorian. After graduation he headed East to New Jersey where he continued his collegiate studies and earned an MFA from Rutgers University's prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts.
In 2001 Bowers was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from Rocky Mountain College, and was invited to give the Commencement speech in 2011. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his solo performances, and also named Artist of Eminence by the University of Wyoming in 2009. In 2011 Bill was awarded the Glidden Fellowship at Ohio University. Bill was named Artist in Residence at the All For One Theatre, and also at the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance for 2015-16.
Bowers appeared on Broadway as Zazu in Disney's The Lion King, and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Bill's autobiographical play IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, opened Off Broadway in 2006 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and enjoyed a sold-out, extended run. Since that time IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING has been presented throughout the U.S, and has received numerous awards, including Best Performance at the International United Solo Festival, International Fresh Fruit Festival, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum. In 2013 IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING received numerous 5 Star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh Scotland, and was rated an audience favorite in the festival. In 2014 Bill was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Thespis Festival in Kiel Germany, one of the world's largest festivals.
His solo work, BEYOND WORDS, premiered in New York City in the Fall of 2011 at Urban Stages and is now being presented throughout the U.S. BEYOND WORDS also received strong reviews and was named Best Solo Performance in the United Solo Festival and the Best Encore Performance in 2015, as well as the International Fresh Fruit Festival. In November 2013, the show finished a short run in New York City at the Cherry Lane Theatre. BEYOND WORDS was also featured in the New Masculinities Festival in NYC.
In 2009 he premiered his ensemble play, HEYOKAH/HOKAHEY at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. HEYOKAH/HOKAHEY has also been produced in Colorado, Montana, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivall in Scotland. Bill's original mime shows, 'NIGHT SWEETHEART 'NIGHT BUTTERCUP and UNDER A MONTANA MOON, were produced Off Broadway and received critical raves. UNDER A MONTANA MOON has been performed all over the world, from Romania, to Macedonia, Japan and Norway. Bill has performed on the stages of Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center, and The White House.
Bill's newest solo play, ALL OVER THE MAP, will premiere Off Broadway in April 2016. He is also writing an ensemble play inspired by the Dalton Trumbo novel, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, developed with the support of the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in New York City.
His regional theater credits include The Berkshire Theater Festival, The Denver Center Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Montana Rep, Two Rivers Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse
Bowers can be seen in the feature film, Two Weeks Notice, starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. His television credits include The Meredith Vieira Show, All My Children, One Life to Live, Remember W.E.N.N., Law & Order, and Disney's Out of The Box. While on Broadway, he was featured on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Today Show, and The Tony Awards.
Bowers has studied with the legendary mime Marcel Marceau.