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Bill Lengfelder

Bill Lengfelder

Bill Lengfelder choreographing a scene for Camelot for Lyric Stage at the Irving Arts Center.

Bill Lengfelder


Bill Lengfelder is a Full Professor in the Division of Theater at Meadows School of the Arts and a certified teacher in the Society of American Fight Directors. He holds four black belts: Kuntaw, Shito-ryu, Shorin-ryu and Kobo-jitsu.

He has been 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 Dallas Theater League Rabin Awards commendation for Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography. In 2002, using students from SMU, he co-wrote, directed, conceived and choreographed Barbette, winning four 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 theatre season that year.

In 2003, Lengfelder became part of the Irish dance theater company Fabulous Beast. With Fabulous Beast, he has been both part of the creative team that created, and a dancer/actor who performed in, three shows that were nominated for Olivier Awards, Giselle of Ballyfeeney Street (2004); The Bull (2005); and The Rite of Spring (2009). As a member of Fabulous Beast, he has performed in London (Coliseum and Barbican), Dublin, Galway, Wroclaw, Poland (in Gratowski’s home theater), Yale Repertory, New Zealand, Australia (Sydney and Perth) and Toronto.

In 1996, Lengfelder was given the Paddy Crean Award, a national award given by the Society of American Fight Directors for Excellence as an Actor/Combatant.

In 2009, he was given the Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Excellence Award.

Lengfelder has been a professor, boxer, mime and stunt double for a dog.


Twenty-two years of experience teaching full time on the collegiate level, four years at Northern Illinois University

Meadows Division of Theatre: THEA 2307, 2308, 3207, 3208, 5205, 5206

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