BLOODSTONE THEATRICAL is a NYC theatre lab. It was founded on Long Island’s East End in the summer of 2011 by director Bill Burford to foster actors’ independence in creating catalytic auditions and performances, whether or not they have the time to prepare or any directorial input. By fall, actor coaching had moved to Chelsea Studios in Manhattan, where workshops investigating new techniques for actors continued for 5 years.

A loose association of stage artists, Bloodstone aims to:

  • refit traditional theatrical techniques for our time
  • research how to ground, voice, and embody character using humankind’s evolutionary origins and stages development
  • use emergence and multiple intelligence theories to interpret  issues of integrity for character portrayal

BILL BURFORD (Artistic Director) is a stage director and producer. At the Strand Street Theater in Galveston’s historic district, Bill produced, wrote, designed, and directed new plays, classics, musical plays, reviews, concerts, and dance performances, developed a creativity program for youngsters, and curated an art film series. In Sag Harbor, NY he managed Bay Street Theater, a LORT company producing shows with leading West End and Broadway artists. He produced and directed Peter Weiss’ Night with Guests for the New York International Fringe Festival. He directed Suzanne Savoy’s play Je Christine, adapted from the works of international poet, writer, and women’s advocate Christine de Pizan (1364-1429), now touring out of NYC. He coaches actors, directors, and writers, most recently teaching playwrights for Stony Brook’s Creative Writing MFA in Southampton and Manhattan. He collaborates at Dumbo’s Brooklyn Pearl studio with Trevor Vaughn, Omar Zaire, and other cultural bullriders on The Shake-Up, a podcast series re-imagining mortality and the supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays. 

Research has evolved into drafting for Bill’s libretto for Lady Odivere, a medieval Scot/Norse epic/ballad adapted for stage using natural spells, physical verse, and archetypal voicing. In 2019, he directs the new play Falls for Jody by Eric Micha Holmes for the Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton, NY.


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