Bill Millerd, Artistic Managing Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company

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Spend 69 Seconds With Bill Millerd, Artistic Managing Director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company and director of the current Arts Club show White Christmas: The Musical.

01.Your first job.
Working at my Dad’s fish cannery.

02.The job you wanted as a child.
To be a professional pianist.

03.What gets you up in the morning.
The weather.

04.What puts you to sleep at night?

05.Favourite stage play of all times.
The Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson.

06.Favourite song and/or artist.
John Prine’s Hello in There.

07.One word your best friend would use to describe you.

08.The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss
Granville Island.

09.Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I…
Read the New York Times.

MEET Bill Millerd

Bill MillerdBorn to a West Vancouver family involved in the fishing industry, Bill Millerd graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Political Science and International Studies, and later from the National Theatre School in Montreal in the Production / Technical department. Bill has worked for several Canadian theatre companies, including the Shaw Festival and the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company.

Since 1972, Bill has been the Artistic Managing Director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company. During his time with the company, Bill has expanded its operations to include year-round programming and regional and national tours. Bill oversaw the construction of two theatres on Granville Island: Granville Island Stage in the fall of 1979, and the Revue Stage in 1983, and the re-opening of the historic Stanley Theatre, now the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, in 1998. During his tenure, over 450 plays have been produced, over 100 of which Bill has directed, including the acclaimed musicals Miss Saigon, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and most recently Les Misérables, Altar Boyz and White Christmas: The Musical. Under Mr. Millerd’s leadership, the theatre has staged over 110 Canadian works, including more than 75 premieres of new Canadian plays.

Bill is a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada, has received a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Career Achievement and is a member of the Order of Canada. He has been awarded an Alumni Award of Distinction and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UBC, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award. At the end of its 45th season last year, Bill Millerd celebrated his 36th year with the Arts Club, making him the longest serving artistic director in Canadian theatre.

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