Mr. Fennelly's work has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally. Bill has been the Resident Director for the Broadway National Tour of the award-winning The Lion King, and was Associate Director for the world premiere of The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, which moved to Broadway. He spent four seasons as a staff director with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center where he worked on over thirteen new productions including the Glimmerglass World Premiere, the NYC Premiere and the EMMY nominated PBS Great Performances Telecast of Central Park by Terrence McNally, Robert Beaser, Wendy Wasserstein, Deborah Drattell, Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney. Additionally, Bill directed a critically well-received Off Broadway musicalproduction of Frankenstein and was the original Assistant Director for the creation of the TONY Award winning Jersey Boys.
Bill was awarded the prestigious Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2005. His work has been seen at Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors Express, Fords Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The 2006 Cultural Olympic Festival at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He also served as Producing Artistic Director at Actor's Express, Associate Producing Artistic Director of the TONY honored The Acting Company in NYC, and most recently as an Assistant Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil.
Currently Bill is the director of the new hit musical Fly By Night which opened to rave reviews this summer in its world premiere in San Francisco and which is scheduled for a NYC workshop in the spring of 2012. Upcoming projects include directing The Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins at Portland Center Stage Company in spring 2012 and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Syracuse Stage Company in 2013.
Bill earned a contracted B.M. in Music Theatre Performance, Directing and Dramatic Writing from the Hartt School at The University of Hartford and his M.F.A. in directing from University of California San Diego. His work has been awarded the K.P.B.S. Patte Award, The San Diego Playbill Award and the Moss Hart Award by the New England Theatre Conference.
Mr. Fennelly began his teaching career at the Hartt School of Music teaching Acting, Text Analysis and Movement in the Graduate Opera Department. This opportunity ignited his passion for teaching and artist development. His work as a teacher lead him to The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he taught Acting, Musical Theatre Performance and Text Analysis; University of California SanDiego where he taught Acting and Directing; Indiana State University where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban; Dartmouth College where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban; Actors Express where he taught Acting, Joint Stock and Directing and to N.Y.U. where he has worked as a mentor, dramaturg and director on many thesis musicals in the Graduate Music Theatre Writing Department. Bill is thrilled to be a part of the Drexel University team!