Bill Berry - Director, Artistic Director

Bill Berry is the Producing Artistic Director for 5th Ave. Theatre.  Bill served as The 5th Avenue’s associate producing artistic director and casting director from 2002 through 2009. During that time, he directed productions of West Side Story (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Wonderful Town (Seattle Times Footlight Award), Wizard of Oz and Smokey Joe’s Café. Berry’s directing work has been seen at theaters across the country, most recently at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse where he directed a critically acclaimed production of On the Town. Directing highlights include Cabaret performed at The 5th Avenue Theatre, St. Paul’s Ordway Center (Ivey Award), San Jose’s American Musical Theatre, and Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. In 2012, he directed the smash hit new musical First Date, a co-production with ACT Theatre, and made his directing debut on Broadway with First  Date in 2013.  From 2002 to 2009, Bill served as the producing director for The 5th Avenue’s education and outreach programs. During that time he significantly expanded the scope and impact of these initiatives, including spearheading the creation of Fridays at The 5th and The 5th Avenue Awards honoring excellence in high school musical theater, as well as substantially increasing the reach of the Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company throughout the Northwest. These programs combined now serve 37,000 students annually. He also initiated our Show Talk series, which seeks to deepen the theater-going experience. Prior to his work at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Bill was a freelance theater artist based in New York City.