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M. William Panek 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.


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Footage of 'FUERZA BRUTA' in Chicago
June 23, 2010

Here's a video of the Tuesday, June 22, 2010's performance of Chicago's 'Fuerza Bruta' at the amazingly transformed historic Auditorium Theatre.

Chicago's BWWers Predict 2010 Tony Awards
June 12, 2010

With such a strong Chicago showing, Paul Thompson, Trish Vignola, and I thought we'd throw in our 2 cents and predict this year's big 2010 Tony Award winners.

Chicago's BWWers Predict '09/'10 Non-Eq Jeff Awards
June 5, 2010

Paul, Trish, and I thought we'd toss in another 2 cents on who we think are going to take home Chicago's top non-Equity theatre honors.

'FUERZA BRUTA:' A Theatrical Rave
May 26, 2010

Without getting into the nitty gritties, you've never seen the Auditorium Theatre like this before. All you need to know is 'FUERZA BRUTA' is an interactive theatrical experience, the likes of which are few and far between here in Chicago.

Chicago's BWWers Predict '09/'10 Non-Eq Jeff Awards
May 22, 2010

Paul, Trish, and I thought we'd toss in another 2 cents on who we think are going to take home Chicago's top non-Equity theatre honors.

Chicago's BWWers Predict 2010 Tony Awards
May 15, 2010

With such a strong Chicago showing, Paul Thompson, Trish Vignola, and I thought we'd throw in our 2 cents and predict this year's big 2010 Tony Award winners.

BWW.com Chicago is Looking for a New Contributor
April 22, 2010


Redtwist's 'PILLOWMAN' Embodies Everything Good Theatre Should Be
April 18, 2010

While its strong language and sometimes disturbing subject matter may not be for everyone, I cannot recommend this production enough. It's raw, it's edgy, and its sentiment towards the responsibility of art makes 'The Pillowman' an enthralling watch.

Small Space, 'EPIC' Laughs for Project 891
March 16, 2010

While there's nothing ultimately life-changing about the Hollywood spoof, 'EPIC PROPORTIONS,' Project 891 has assembled a hard-working and joke-selling troupe of performers who nail their occasionally generic material.

'THE TWINS WOULD LIKE TO SAY' a Refreshing Theatrical Promenade
March 10, 2010

To say Dog & Pony's 'THE TWINS WOULD LIKE TO SAY' is a theatrically refreshing 60 minutes would be an understatement. Playwrights Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo have chosen an intriguing tale to bring to Steppenwolf's Garage Rep: a pair of twins who made a pact not to speak to anyone beside the other and to do daily activities in entirely in unison.

Patterless LuPone & Patinkin Still Wow 'em
March 3, 2010

With the help of the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Harburg, and Kander & Ebb, 'An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin' is a master class in staying on the top of one's game...no matter the set list omission.

'101 DALMATIANS:' Sit. Stay. Smile.
February 21, 2010

'101 DALMATIANS' not baby enough to be considered children's theatre, nor polished or bulky enough to be a typical flashy Loop arrival, but BT McNicholl and Dennis DeYoung's show is a perfect family outing.

BWW.com Chicago is Looking for a New Contributor
March 11, 2010


Age Cannot Wither Her: 'MAMMA MIA!' Tour's Still Got It
January 20, 2010

The National Tour of 'MAMMA MIA!' is full of saucy Spandex'd fluff, achy back gags, and boob-grabbing, but what more could one ask for on a musical trip down memory lane?

Fain Commands 'SANTALAND DIARIES' With Elven Charm & Smarm
January 2, 2010

Theater Wit's 'THE SANTALAND DIARIES' is an alternative gin-fuel yuletide holiday monologue for anyone who's over the manufactured 'joy' of the season and into an ol' fashioned adult-aimed evening of comic storytelling.

Travel Article: Thoughts on Cirque in Chicago & Abound
January 8, 2010

Soon after 'BANANA SHPEEL's' opening in early December, I hopped 'cross country to experience the kind of flashy, solidified, Vegassy spectacle Cirque du Soleil has to offer with their 'KA.'

'THE ADDAMS FAMILY' Has a Kooky Feel & Fresh Broadway Look
December 10, 2009

From now until January 10, 2010, The Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre hosts a near-perfect pre-Broadway premiere of 'THE ADDAMS FAMILY.'

Clowning Around Doesn't (entirely) Slip Up Cirque's 'BANANA SHPEEL'
December 5, 2009

'BANANA SHPEEL's' script is wonky and often unfunny, but for an evening of phenomenal dance numbers, thrilling acrobatics, and electrifying big-band-esque music, 'SHPEEL' is worth a looksee.

Fain Commands 'SANTALAND DIARIES' With Elven Charm & Smarm
November 29, 2009

Theater Wit's 'THE SANTALAND DIARIES' is an alternative gin-fuel yuletide holiday monologue for anyone who's over the manufactured 'joy' of the season and into an ol' fashioned adult-aimed evening of comic storytelling.

The Neo-Futurists Open Up for One Night Only November 12th
November 12, 2009

Ever wondered what it takes to create new work every week as an ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists? Get a first hand glimpse into their fascinating and creatively demanding world on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00PM.



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