BLOODSTONE THEATRICAL was founded on Long Island’s East End in the summer of 2011 by director Bill Burford to study new ways to play character. In particular, the aim has been to foster actors’ ability to develop characters for audition and performance independently,  whether or not they have time to prepare or assistance from a director. By fall of that year, a workshop series that lasted 4 years was established at Chelsea Studios in Manhattan.

Bloodstone aims to:

  • refit traditional stage techniques for our time

  • study how to ground, voice, and embody character using parallel stages for human, societal, and personal evolution.

  • interpret experience and portray character using ideas from emergence and multiple intelligence studies


BILL BURFORD (Producer/Director)  At the Strand Street Theater in Galveston’s historic district, Bill produced 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 served as general manager for Bay Street Theater, a company producing shows with leading West End and Broadway artists. He produced and directed Peter Weiss’ rarely seen Night with Guests at the New York International Fringe Festival. He directed Je Christine  (www.jechristine.com), translated and adapted by Suzanne Savoy from the works of international poet, writer, and women’s advocate Christine de Pizan (1364-1429), now touring out of NYC. He most recently taught playwriting with Stony Brook University’s Creative Writing MFA in Southampton and Manhattan. He collaborates at Dumbo’s Brooklyn Pearl studio with Trevor Vaughn, Omar Zaire, and other cultural BASE jumpers on The Shake-Up, a podcast series re-imagining mortality and the supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays. A member of SDC, Bill is currently directing Eric Micha Holme’s Falls for Jodie, a study of John Hinckley before his attempt on Reagan’s life, for the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY.


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