DUSTIN WILLS is an NYC-based theatre and opera director originally from Texas. Recent projects include Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Top Ten Theatrical Productions 2017 - New York Magazine) by Phillip Howze at the Bushwick Starr, Mikhail Bulgakov's Black Snow adapted by Keith Reddin at Julliard Drama, Will Arbery's Evanston Salt Costs Climbing with New Neighborhood and Plano with Paper Chairs, a Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency for AWFUL EVENT! - a new musical with Kate Tarker and Dan Schlosberg, and ongoing work on a musical adaptation of Federico García Lorca's surrealist play Once Five Years Pass. Recent opera works include Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Yale Opera and Cavalli's L'Egisto with the Yale Baroque Opera. Dustin has directed and developed new work with The Foundry Theatre (O,Earth - Time Out NY 5 Stars, Off-Broadway Alliance Best New Play 2016), New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and PAGE 73 (Orange Julius), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Realm, Berkeley Rep, Echo Theatre (Blueberry Toast - Best Director 2016, LA Stage Raw Awards), Yale Rep, Berkshire Theatre Group, Paper Chairs, and Salvage Vanguard Theatre; created large-scale community puppet projects with Creative Action; and devised new work for The English Theatre of Rome and Teatro L'Arciliuto in Rome, Italy. He is a two-time recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Theatre, a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow, former artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret, and for a couple of years gave rogue tours of the Vatican.
MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Die ZauberProject kinda by W.A. Mozart - virtual collaboration with Foundry Arts, September 2020
Wolf Play by Hansol Jung - Soho Rep, NYC - POSTPONED
A Boy's Company Presents: Tell Me If I'm Hurting You by Jeremy O. Harris, Playwrights Horizons - NYC -POSTPONED
AWFUL EVENT! original musical with Kate Tarker and Daniel Schlosberg
Pinocchio - residency at Elm Court, August 2020