William (Bill) Earl Ray
William (Bill) Earl Ray is a director and actor with 40 years of experience in the business. William is pleased to be back at Artists Rep after such a long absence. His last direction at Artists Rep was Ain’t Misbehavin’ and he acted in Artists Rep’s A Raisin in the Sun as Walter Lee Younger.
Some of William’s other directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun and Having Our Say, starring Ms. Irma P. Hall (Big Mama of Soul Food movie fame, and A Family Thing), Beehive, The 60’s Musical, The Gin Game, The Gospel at Colonus, Fires in the Mirror, A Song for Coretta, The Gifts of the Magi, Seven Guitars, A Soldier’s Play, The Glass Menagerie, A Lovesong for Miss Lydia, Annie Get Your Gun, Jerry’s Girls, Two Trains Running, Agnes of God, The Heiress, Sea Marks, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Lilies of the Field, and many more.
Some of William’s acting credits include The Whipping Man, Master Harold and the Boys, The Meeting, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Driving Miss Daisy, Misery, God’s Favorite, Two Trains Running, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Dirty Work, Cobb, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Sunset Limited, The Piano Lesson, Audience, Of Mice and Men, A Streetcar Named Desire, Simply Heavenly, Bank Job, Amen Corner, and many more. TV and film credits include The Tuskegee Airmen, The Gas Café, Cadillac Ranch, The Temp, Dr. Giggles, Terror in the Towers, Better Off Dead, Walker Texas Ranger, and more. William is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild and is a graduate of Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts in the performing arts.