BLOODSTONE THEATRICAL is a NYC theatre lab. It was founded on Long Island’s East End in 2011 by director Bill Burford to foster the independence of actors in creating high interest auditions and performances, whether or not they have any directorial support or any time to prepare.
An ever-changing association of performers, composers, filmmakers, writers, designers, and other artists, Bloodstone now develops and produces performance projects designed to:
- explore and extend traditional theatrical techniques
- illuminate the origins, stages, and emergence of character
- evoke civil, compassionate discussion of pressing issues
Bloodstone’s first two public presentations were readings in 2011 of Thornton Wilder’s Happy Journey and in 2012 of Men’s Lives, adapted for stage by Joe Pintauro from Peter Matthiessen’s book. Both took place at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm’s annual Plant & Sing Festival on Shelter Island, near Long Island’s East End. In 2013, Bloodstone produced a holiday reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory with Suzanne Savoy and Jack Herholdt at the Cherry Lane Theatre and other venues in NYC and Delaware. In August 2015, Peter Weiss’ Night with Guests became the company’s first fully staged production, presented at the New York International Fringe Festival. In 2016-17 Bill took a break from Bloodstone to direct Suzanne Savoy in her play on 15th Century French poet, critic, philosopher, and political writer Christine de Pizan.
Starting in spring of 2017 at Dumbo’s Brooklyn Pearl recording studio, Bloodstone has collaborated with actor/singer Trevor Vaughn (of the world music band Lost Dog Constellation) and a range of NYC’s up-and-coming performers and sound designers. The aim of The Shake-Up has been to re-imagine mortality and the supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays, as re-discovered through the sensibilities of 21st Century American performers.
BILL BURFORD (Artistic Director) is a stage director and producer. He trained under Francis Hodge at the University of Texas at Austin. Bill has taught acting, directing, writing, and production for stage most recently for Stony Brook University in Manhattan, Stony Brook, and Southampton, NY. He still occasionally teaches stage writing for the Creative Writing and Literature MFA program and for the Summer Writers’ Conference at Stony Brook Southampton, where he has also directed the undergrad writing and filmmaking intensives, served as Interim Dean of Students, and contributed as playwright and photographer to The Southampton Review.
He served as the first training director for the Texas Institute for Arts in Education, an outgrowth of the Lincoln Center Institute, creating hands-on workshops with theater, dance, music, and visual artists to train Houston ISD’s elementary teachers in creative process. During this period he also directed the play reading series for Goethe Institute – Houston and travelled under their auspices to study German state theater companies.
As director of the Strand Street Theater in Galveston’s historic district, he produced, wrote, designed, and directed classic and contemporary plays, musical plays, and musical reviews. There he also established an art-house film series, a complete renewal of non-profit operations, and Wild Things, a hands-on creativity program for youngsters.
He served 2001-2008 as producer and then general manager for the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, a LORT C-referenced non-profit producer of shows with leading West End and Broadway artists.