William J. Norris


Joining the Players for his sixth season Bill’s past shows include “Cash on Delivery,” Arsenic and Old Lace, The Foreigner, Caught in the Net, Fools and Soufflé Surprise.  He directed last season’s production of Tom, Dick and Harry.  With the Goodman Theatre over the winter he appeared in A Christmas Carol and the David Mamet Festival and was part of the Chicago Art Institute’s Voices Program as Degas and Renoir.  Upcoming projects include Ionesco’s Exit the King at the Feltre Auditorium and directing Entertain Mr. Sloane for the Tin Fish Theater Company.  His adaptation of A Christmas Carol will be produced at the Macintoch Center on the campus of the College of DuPage.  A theater professional for more than 30 years, Bill is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy, a Joseph Jefferson, and five Artisans.  His film credits include “Herbert West: Re-Animator,” “The Babe” and the award-winning “The Last Frontier.”

2006 Roles:  Stage Hand in Master Class; Selsdon in Noises Off; Otto in Cabaret; FC Gomm in The Elephant Man

2004 Roles: Ben in Broadway Bound; The Magistrate in Fools; Old Gaston in Souffle Surprise

2003 Roles: Speed in The Odd Couple; The Common Man in A Man for All Seasons; Dad in Caught in the Net

2002 Roles: Sgt. Froggy LeSueur in The Foreigner