William Hales

Theatre Department

Office: RC 180.1
E-mail: william.hales@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5568

Research interests
Stage Management and Technical Direction, Lighting Design, Computer Control Systems for Technical Theatre, Designing New Theatre Spaces

William (Bill) Hales teaches the technical aspects of theatre and stage management. His areas of expertise include stage and production management, set design, lighting, audio and rigging. Before coming to the University of Regina, he worked as Stage Manager, Technical Director, Production Manager and Technician on over 3000 events ranging from Broadway Musicals on tour to weddings in the theatre.

Originally from Moose Jaw, Bill graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Immediately after graduation he worked with the Globe Theatre and Stage West in Regina and then 25th Street Theatre and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. Bill left Saskatoon for Edmonton in 1982 where he worked for Northern Light Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Workshop West, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Alberta Ballet. A move to Calgary in 1993 led to work with Theatre Calgary as a stage manager and a fly man. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary while working for the University Theatre Services at the University of Calgary. In 1999 he returned to the University of Regina to teach the program where he had first learned his trade. Bill is very happy to be training the next generation of stage managers and technicians.

Bill works closely with The Only Animal Theatre Company based in Vancouver as a designer and a stage manager.

He designed the lighting for The Only Animal's NiX a fairytale for the end of the world, a play performed in a geodesic dome and constructed entirely from snow and ice. The play was produced as part of Alberta Theatre Projects 2009 Playwrites Festival in Calgary during February and March. The Only Animal developed the play for four years and this was the first fully realized production. Bill won the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for the 2008/09 Calgary Theatre Season. The play was remounted as the feature cultural event in Whistler B.C. as part of the 2010 Olympic Festival.

He designed the set and lighting for The Only Animal’s Nothing But Sky, the story of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the creators of Superman. The play won a Jessie Richardson Award in Vancouver for Excellence in Design in 2014.

In 2016 he stage-managed Tinkers, a promenade play that started at a crystal-clear spring fed pond and then moved through a forest and up the side of a mountain.

His latest design was for the Canadian premiere of Slime. The play was performed in Banff and Vancouver in 2018.

  • MFA (University of Calgary) 2000
  • BFA (University of Regina) 1978
  • Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton), Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer
  • The Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), Technical Director, Stage Manager and Lighting Designer
  • Theatre Calgary, Stage Manager
  • The Phoenix Theatre (Edmonton), Production Manager
  • Sunshine Theatre, (Kelowna) Technical Director
  • Grey Cup 2003 Opening Ceremonies (Producer)