Bill Barksdale

Bill Barksdale

Associate Professor - Technical Direction

Bill Barksdale is an Associate Professor of Stage and Lighting and Director of the M.F.A. in Technical Direction program.

He is a Virginia Tech alumni and has served as technical director for countless productions. 

Contact Me

(540) 231-6734
303 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Virginia Tech
  • B.A., Washington College

What do you most enjoy about your work?

The constant discovery of new techniques and technologies and the rediscovery, and different, creative applications of existing techniques and technologies to the art of theatre.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

Seeing students discover and develop talents and skills other than of what they thought they were capable. In teaching technical production, I find students often discover a range of skills and abilities useful beyond theatre making.

Something Unexpected:

I love to sail. On the surface, the unpredictable chance associated with sailing and the detailed organization required to open a play on time would seem incompatible. But in reality, making theatre is a lot like sailing.

Conditions often change quickly and there are a lot of discoveries to be made in the moment. So, you have to take control of the things that you can control. Otherwise, you will never be able to respond to the unexpected. There are a lot of life lessons in sailing and theatre-making. Connections abound. The first theatre riggers were tars. Therefore, the reason that you are never to whistle on stage is because whistles are used on ships to signal changes in the rigging. I don't want scenery coming down on my head.

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