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. From its beginnings as a project to encourage actors’ independent realization of high stakes conflict with little direction or time to prepare, it now operates as a producer and presenter of works in development.

Bloodstone’s first two public presentations were readings in 2011 of Thornton Wilder’s Happy Journey, and of Men’s Lives by Joe Pintauro in 2012, both at Sylvester Manor’s annual Plant & Sing Festival on Shelter Island, NY. In 2013 Bloodstone produced 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. As director of the Strand Street Theater in Galveston’s historic district, he produced, wrote, designed, and directed plays, reviews, and musicals, created an arts ed program for youngsters and an art house film series, and renewed non-profit operations. 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. Bill has taught stage acting, directing, writing, and production, most recently for Stony Brook University in Manhattan, Stony Brook, and Southampton. He continues to teach playwriting for the Creative Writing and Literature MFA program at 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.

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