William graduated with his BFA in Theatre Direction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, he directed The Artist's Lab at Stage 773 & the Jeff Recommended [title of show], and was the Casting Associate for Julius Caesar and Spike Heels. Chicago directing credits: A New Brain, Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, Godspell, the world premiere of To Tree, and Reefer Madness! The Musical in 2010 and its subsequent 4/20 remounts in 2011 and 2012. Cabaret: "Mary'z With a 'Z,'" "Proud at Mary's," "BPB Yearbook," & "Character Breakdown: A Miscast Cabaret." William served as an artistic associate with The Orchard Project in Hunter, NY, a production assistant for the 24-Hour Musicals at Joe's Pub, and the business management assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He can be found on Twitter @mwilliampanek.
BroadwayWorld Chicago was on hand to meet the cast and creative team of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, set to begin its pre-Broadway world premiere at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre.BWW Reviews: SMOKEFALL at Goodman Theatre September 30, 2014
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is teaming up with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (MSF) to expand its theatrical offerings by bringing special performances to Canton, MI next year. For three weeks in the summer of 2015, from July 29 - August 16, 2015, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival will present its 2015 Season lineup, which will consist of two Shakespeare plays and one classical comedy, to the Canton Community.BWW Reviews: Connecting With The Second City's DEPRAVED NEW WORLD April 2, 2014
BroadwayWorld Chicago invited all winners, nominees, past winners and nominees, theater folk, superfans, board members and everyone else to the third annual BroadwayWorld Awards Celebration on January 9, 2013 at The Call nightclub in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. BroadwayWorld's Paul W. Thompson and The Call's Ashley Morgan once again co-hosted the event, with showtune videos presented by VJ Michael Hogan in between categories.BWW Reviews: MY ONE AND ONLY Tappa Taps Through the Schmaltz at the Marriott December 3, 2012
There's something so utterly intoxicating about a skilled tap dancer decked out in a spiffy tuxedo - top hat, tails, and all - commanding the audience's attention for a brilliantly exhausting routine. There's something even more so invigorating when a cast-full of local performers nail their respective, and original, routines. Many kudos are in order for Tammy Mader and her cast for their ability to bring such energy and skill to a dangerously saccharine show like My One and Only, currently running at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.'The Original Grease:' No Longer Just the Danny & Sandy Show May 4, 2011
For anyone who's ever lived in Chicago, has a fond spot in their heart for any incarnation of 'Grease,' or eaten a Whoopercheesie, American Theater Company's 'The Original Grease' is the show to see this summer.