William Partlan(Artistic Director) directs each presentation of Triple Espresso and collaborates with directors around the world to adapt the play to other languages and cultures. He also serves as Associate Professor and Head of Directing in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University.
He has directed over a hundred off-Broadway, regional and international premieres. He is known for his work with new plays and playwrights like Alan Ball, David Lindsay-Abairem, Lee Blessing, Jeff Hatcher, and John Patrick Shanley. He has directed 44 plays at the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights’ Conference, including premieres of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Fences. Bill premiered All God’s Dangers , starring Cleavon Little, at Cricket Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, off-Broadway and for PBS’ American Playhouse. His acclaimed American premier production of Hugh Whitemore’s The Best of Friends was produced off-Broadway by Michael Douglas and Producers Circle. He directed Swim Visit and Sacred Journey off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Regionally, he has directed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, The Empty Space, Florida Stage, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, New Mexico Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage and Yale Repertory Theatre. Bill was the Artistic Director of Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis for nine years, where he premiered over fifty new plays, including Triple Espresso.
He has directed for National Public Radio’s Earplay series and has served as an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts and as Jury Chairman for the 2000 Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and the National Theatre Institute. He has his MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota on a Bush Foundation Fellowship.