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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

20 questions with Bill Millerd

Meet the Artistic Managing Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bill Millerd.

Meet Bill Millerd

Born to a West Vancouver family involved in the fishing industry, Bill Millerd graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Political Science and International Studies, and later from the National Theatre School in Montreal in the Production/Technical department. Since 1972, Bill has been the Artistic Managing Director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company. Over this time he has expanded its operations to include year-round programming on three stages as well as regional and national tours. Bill has directed 100 plays out of over 500 produced during his tenure. He has received both a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Career Achievement and the Mayor’s Arts Award, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

20 Questions with Bill Millerd

Your first job.

My first job was in 1968. I was the stage manager for the Playhouse Theatre Company’s production of Fortune and Men’s Eyes. It was the first show I worked on at the Seymour Street Gospel Hall that would become the Arts Club’s first stage.

The job you always wanted as a child.

A director—of movies, theatre, whatever.

Your pet peeve.

People who don’t attend live theatre.

Your hero.

The legendary Broadway producer and director Hal Prince.

Your biggest indulgence.

Drinking red wine, my favourite wines are from the Côtes du Rhône region in France.

One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

Can’t say!

Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My bike, a very thick book and a stack of music from classic Broadway shows.

The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


If you were not Artistic Managing Director of the Arts Club what would you be doing right now?

At my cabin on Denman Island.

Your hero.

My hero is my dad.

Your life’s motto/mantra.

Try to help people.

Your favourite playwright.

Anosh Irani.

The last book you read.

A collection of Alice Munro short stories.

If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

Steel-cut oats.

What will it say on your grave marker?

Thank you, everyone.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Marsha Sibthorpe.

Your idea of happiness.

Being on Denman Island.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

You won’t get to Broadway!

The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Giving people the opportunity to be creative and work in live theatre.

To be or not to be?

To be … the best you can be

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