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), BeehiveThe 60’s MusicalThe Gin GameThe Gospel at ColonusFires in the MirrorA Song for CorettaThe Gifts of the MagiSeven GuitarsA Soldier’s Play, The Glass MenagerieA Lovesong for Miss LydiaAnnie Get Your GunJerry’s GirlsTwo Trains RunningAgnes of GodThe HeiressSea MarksCeremonies in Dark Old MenLilies of the Field, and many more. Some of William’s acting credits include The Whipping ManMaster Harold and the BoysThe MeetingBlues for an Alabama SkyDriving Miss DaisyMiseryGod’s FavoriteTwo Trains RunningJoe Turner’s Come and GoneDirty WorkCobbMiss Evers’ BoysThe Sunset LimitedThe Piano LessonAudienceOf Mice and MenA Streetcar Named DesireSimply HeavenlyBank JobAmen Corner, and many more. TV and film credits include The Tuskegee AirmenThe Gas CaféCadillac RanchThe TempDr. GigglesTerror in the TowersBetter Off DeadWalker 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.