William Walters
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Bill has for some time been the irascible and irritable stage manager for Professor Schickele’s presentations featuring the music of that obscure son of a Bach named PDQ.  Since 1966 or so, amidst waves of affectionate hisses from fans at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center, and many more performing arts centers around the world, Bill carried out his duties:  setting the stage, moving pianos, dropping music stands, and making excuses for the always tardy Professor. But besides that, Bill is actually the technical coordinator, production manager, road manager, and the REAL stage manager of the concerts.

Bill was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Grandview High School and the Ohio State University where he was a fine arts major hoping to get into advertising or cartooning.  Among his mementos are a sheaf of rejection slips from The New Yorker and Playboy.  He was the staff artist for both the Ohio State University Department of Motion Pictures and the University PBS affiliate, WOSU-TV.  Contrary to legend, he did not dot the “eye” during Script Ohio.  He was introduced to the theatre by volunteering to design the set for a friend’s student production.  “What’s a set?” he had naively asked.  He soon found out.  In 1963, after the usual summer stock assignments, he arrived in New York City, where he worked at NBC as a page and as a production assistant.

He rapidly gave up the idea of being a stage designer or actor, and instead became a backstage jack-of-all-trades with The New York Shakespeare Festival, and The Playhouse of the Ridiculous and many other off-Broadway groups.  He became a stage manager, and after being drafted by P.D.Q. Bach, continued in the off-season to work in concerts, theatre, television, and film.  He worked at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland during the eruption of Mount Saint Helens, and spent seven seasons as production manager with The John Houseman Acting Company of New York, coordinating all their technical and touring activities. In 1998, he was asked to oversee the design and installation of the lighting and sound equipment and stage machinery for The Falaki Center, a new theatre and performance space at The American University in Cairo. 

These days, he dabbles as a “Background Artist” in the electronic and film media. As an “extra”, he has many movie and TV credits under his belt: Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Gossip Girl, Life on Mars, Smash, Midnight Cowboy, Rent, Across the Universe, Fame, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, The Good Wife, and 30 Rock, among others.

He is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Actors Equity Association and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  He also works once in a while for Gray Line New York Sightseeing as a tour guide riding around on the top of a double-decker bus telling lies about New York City to gullible and unwary tourists.

He is married to the actress Donna Browne. Their daughter Samantha Browne-Walters (also an actress) is attending Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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