Bill Lengfelder is a Full Professor in the Theater Division of Meadows School of the Arts.; a Certified Teacher in the Society of American Fight Directors. He holds four black belts (Kuntaw, Shito-ryu, Shorin-ryu, and Kobo-jitsu).
He is a member of the Kitchen Dog Theater since 1994 where he has acted, directed, and choreographed. In 2001, he used the stage combat classes from SMU in a self-generated production called, Whisper, and was awarded a commendation for Excellence in Fight Choreography by the Rabin Awards for Dallas Theater. In 2002, using students from SMU, he co-wrote, directed, conceived and choreographed Barbette. It won 4 Dallas Drama Critics Awards including Best Actor (an SMU student in the production), Best Director (Lengfelder), and Best Choreographer (Lengfelder).....more than any other production in the season that year of all theaters.
In 2003, Bill became part of the Irish Dance Theater Company, Fabulous Beast. With the Fabulous Beast, Bill has been both part of the creative team which created and a dancer/actor who performed in three shows that have been nominated for Olivier Awards (Gisele of Balleyfeeney Street (nominated in 2004) The Bull (nominated in 2005, and Rite of Spring (nominated in 2009). As a member of The Fabulous Beast, he has performed in London (Coliseum and Barbican), Dublin, Galway, Wroclaw, Poland (in Gratowski's home theater), Yale Reperatory, New Zealand, and in Australia (Sydney and Perth), and Toronto.
In 1996, Bill was given the Paddy Crean Award. The Crean is a national award given by the Society of American Fight Directors for Excellence as an Actor/Combatant.
In 2009, Bill was given the Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Excellence Award.
EducationI have 22 years of experience teaching full time on the collegiate level (4 years at Northern Illinois University)
TeachingTHEA 2307, 2308, 3207, 3208, 5205, 5206