BLOODSTONE THEATRICAL is a lab theatre company based in NYC. It was founded on Long Island’s East End in 2011 by director Bill Burford. Bloodstone began as a project to foster the independence of actors in creating high stakes performances, whether or not they have clear direction or time to prepare. It now also develops, produces and presents stage pieces that bring the origins and development of character, onstage and in life, into more articulate public discussion.

Bloodstone’s first two public presentations were readings in 2011 of Thornton Wilder’s Happy Journey, and in 2012 of Men’s Lives by Joe Pintauro, both at Sylvester Manor’s annual Plant & Sing Festival on Shelter Island, NY. 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. In August 2015, Peter Weiss’ Night with Guests would become its first fully staged production, presented at the New York International Fringe Festival.

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. He directed the Semester by the Sea writing and filmmaking intensives at Southampton, and has contributed as playwright and photographer to The Southampton Review. He continues to teach playwriting courses and workshops for the Creative Writing and Literature MFA program at Southampton.

As director of the Strand Street Theater in Galveston’s historic district, he produced, wrote, designed, and directed plays, reviews, and musicals. He also created an art house film series, a complete renewal of non-profit operations, and WildThings – 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 producer of shows with leading Broadway artists.


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