William Finlay, Chair
Associate Professor of Theater
Prof. Finlay has directed and choreographed throughout the New England area. While serving as a senior member of the performance faculty at Boston University from 1981- 1994, his professional work was seen at the Alley Theater, the People's Theater, the Hartman Theater Company, the Huntington Theater Company, Portland Stage, Trinity Square Repertory Company, and the American Repertory Theater. As a founding Director for the Blue Heron Theater Company in New York City, he directed the American premiere of Fernanado Arrabel's "On The Tightrope." Since 1999 he has served as the Artistic Director of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company, a professional summer Shakespeare festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 1990 he directed and choreographed the original music-theater piece "ViVa Cummings!" a work that was later shown at the X International Theatre Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. As a nationally known combat choreographer for the stage, his work has been seen in many regional theaters throughout the country. At Union he is the Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. He has a B.A. in Theater education/speech from Rhode Island College and an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Connecticut.