Staff Biography

BILL RAUCH, Artistic Director    

Bill Rauch was appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of the Perelman Center in February of 2018. His work as a theater director has been seen across the nation, from low-income community centers to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, as well as at many of the largest regional theaters in the country. His other New York credits include the world premiere of Naomi Wallace’s Night Is A Room at Signature Theatre, the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House at Lincoln Center Theater, and a site-specific Occasional Grace in multiple Manhattan churches for En Garde Arts.

Since 2007, Bill has been the Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the country’s oldest and largest rotating repertory theater, where he has directed seven world premieres and 20 other plays including several by Shakespeare and innovative productions of classic musicals. Among his initiatives at OSF, Bill committed to commissioning 37 new plays to dramatize moments of change in American history. “American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle” is now in its ninth year of productions, resulting in such watershed plays as Lisa Loomer’s Roe, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize), Paula Vogel’s Indecent, Universes’ Party People, Culture Clash’s American Night, and both of Robert Schenkkan’s plays about LBJ, among others. Bill is also co-founder of Cornerstone Theater Company where he served as artistic director from 1986 to 2006, directing more than 40 productions, most of them collaborations with diverse rural and urban communities nationwide. He has directed world premieres at Portland Center Stage, Center Theater Group, and South Coast Rep, and has directed multiple times each at American Repertory Theater, Yale Rep, the Guthrie, Arena Stage, and Seattle Rep, as well as at Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, and Great Lakes Theater Festival. His production of The Pirates of Penzance performed at Portland Opera.

Bill twice won the Independent Reviewers of New England Award. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Ivy Bethune Award from Actors’ Equity Association for his commitment to diversity in casting and producing, a 2015 Ford Fellowship, the 2012 Fichandler Award from the Society of Directors and Choreographers, Theatre Communications Group’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2010, the Margo Jones Medal for his commitment to living writers in 2009, and the United States Artists Prudential Award in 2008. Other honors include Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction of All The Way, as well as Helen Hayes, Ovation, Los Angeles Weekly, DramaLogue, Garland, and Connecticut Critics’ Circle Awards, and he is the only artist to have won the inaugural “Leadership for a Changing World” award from the Ford Foundation. He was a Claire Trevor Professor at the University of California Irvine, and has also taught at the University of Southern California and U.C.L.A. Bill was educated at Harvard College. He will relocate to New York City full-time in summer of 2019 with his husband Christopher Liam Moore and their two children, Liam and Xava Rauch-Moore.