BILL KINCAID (2010 Nominee for the National Artist Award)
     Bill Kincaid is a director, actor, teacher and lover of Shakespeare.  He has directed at the Brown County Playhouse in Indiana, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire, Theatre Works of Sarasota Florida, and McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois and is a regular guest director at New York's Cortland Repertory Theatre.  As an actor, his most recent credits are in the New England Shakespeare Festival's productions of Romeo and Juliet (as Friar Lawrence) and The Taming of the Shrew (as Baptista), and in Chicago as Kent in Vitalist Theatre's King Lear.  Bill has a particular interest in original performance practice of Elizabethan scripts, and his studies in that area led to him to found Macomb’s “Bard in the Barn” project.  There he has produced All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Measure for Measure, Richard III, Volpone, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar.  At WIU Bill played Benjamin Franklin in 1776 and Henry Ford in Dearborn Americana, and directed productions of Fuddy Meers, Henry IV Part One, Bach at Leipzig, The Visit and Long Day’s Journey into Night.  Bill was trained as a classical pianist in his youth, and has written several children's musicals, commissioned and produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Florida Studio Theatre.  Bill assumed his current position as Head of Graduate Acting at WIU after five years as Head of Performance in the Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to that, he taught at the University of California, Davis, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Workshop.  His students have gone on to appear on the Broadway stage, regional theatre and major motion pictures, and have won several awards including the Irene Ryan Scholarship Acting Award.  In 2008 he received a Faculty Directing Fellowship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and was honored by the National Partners of American Theatre with a Classical Acting Coach Award.  He is also the 2008 recipient of the Creative Activity Award and the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University.  Bill is actively involved in regional leadership of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, serving frequently as a production respondent and also as the Illinois State Chair.  During his 2009-2010 sabbatical leave, Bill spent several months in Germany where his activities included a residency at the Landesbühnen Sachsen, observing the rehearsal process for that company's production of Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis.  When he returns to campus for the fall 2010 semester he will once again produce unrehearsed Shakespeare productions in cooperation with the Macomb Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will direct the University Theatre's production of Take Me Out.

DR. PAUL K. KREIDER (2007 Nominee for the National Artist Award)
    Paul Kreider is a professor and dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University. Prior to joining Western Illinois University on July 1, 2004, Dr. Kreider was chair of the music department (2002-2004) at Northern Kentucky University. He also served at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he was the College of Fine Arts associate dean (July 2001-July 2002), chair (1995-2001) and assistant chair (October 1994-July 1995) of the music department, coordinator of vocal studies (1992-1995) and director (1992-1997) of the UNLV Opera Theater. Paul Kreider was named a UNLV College of Fine Arts distinguished alumni (1996) and earned the outstanding teacher of the year award (1996-1997). Dr. Kreider was recognized among the 2002 Distinguished Men of Southern Nevada. He was co-founder and chair (1999-2002) of the Southern Nevada Opera Association; president (1997-1999) of the Las Vegas Music Festival; and president (1999-2001) of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His performance credits include PBS national telecasts of Anthony and Cleopatra (1991), Madame Butterfly (1985) and Eugene Onegin (1984); national radio broadcasts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, St. Louis public radio and opera theatre. He was principal baritone with the Salzbuger Landestheatre, Salzburg, Austria and he has three recordings on the works of Daron Hagen. A fourth recording, Four Composers and One Voice, was released with Kreider being accompanied by composers Ned Rorem, David Del Tredici, Viko Baley and Daron Hagen. Kreider has performed with world renowned singers, conductors and directors at opera houses in Vienna, Rome, Florence and Tokyo and in several regional operatic and orchestral venues in the United States. Kreider earned a bachelors degree in vocal performance from the UNLV, and a master of music and doctor of musical arts from the University of Arizona.

DR. VAMAN RAO (2004 Nominee for the National Scholar Award)
    Vaman Rao is a professor of economics at Western Illinois University. He has been active on campus, serving in various capacities and in his field, which includes positions of authority in many state and national organizations. He has been honored by WIU many times; he is a recipient of the University Faculty Excellence Awards, Presidential Merit Award, the Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, and the Faculty Excellence Award in the College of Business and Technology. In addition, Rao was twice named as the University Distinguished Professor in 1993 and 1994.  A prolific researcher, Rao has published in the prestigious journals in his field, including, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Economics, Journal of Asian Studies, and the Journal of Socioeconomics, among others. His research and expertise has led to numerous grants in Illinois including those from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community  Affairs, Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and Illinois Development Finance Authority. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Missouri at Columbia and his master of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of education degrees at  Osmania University.

DR. RANDALL FAUST (2004 Nominee for the National Artist Award)
    Randall Faust is a professor of Music, teaches Horn and Music Theory and is the hornist with the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet at Western Illinois University.  During the summers, Dr. Faust teaches Horn at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has served as President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and The International Horn Society. His   compositions are regularly heard in concerts and recitals at universities and festivals around the country, and have been discussed in two doctoral theses over the past decade.  Notably, he has been an annual recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Award since 1990. In 1987, he received the Orpheus Award from The Auburn University Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for "significant and lasting contributions to music in America."   He studied at the University of Iowa and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy and earned his master of music in composition at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and his bachelor of science in music at Eastern Michigan University.

DR. JOHN HALLWAS (2001 Nominee for the National Scholar Award)
    John Hallwas, a professor in Western's Department of English since 1970,  teaches courses in American literature and nonfictional creative writing. After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from western Illinois University in 1967 and 1968 respectively, John obtained a Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida in 1972. He has written or edited more than twenty books, and several of those have won awards or received special recognition. He has also written dozens of historical and literary articles, several introductions for new editions of famous books, and a few plays based on Illinois history. In addition, he has written columns for several downstate newspapers, has served as the editor of two journals, and has had a weekly program on National Public Radio. Over the years he has received a dozen grants, has developed workshops and adult-education programs in more than fifty communities, and has won a variety of national, regional and local awards for his teaching and scholarship. Since 1979 he has also served as Director of Regional Collections in the Archives of Western's Library. Professor Hallwas is a recipient of numerous awards. In addition to being chosen as the Annual Faculty Lecturer, Dr. Hallwas is a recipient of WIU Distinguished Professor Award, WIU College of Arts and Sciences Research Award, WIU Faculty Excellence Awards, and Alumni Achievement Award.

FRED JONES (2001 Nominee for the National Artist Award)
    Fred Jones earned a National Diploma in Design in 1961 from Cardiff College of Art in Wales, Great Britain, and an Art Teachers Diploma from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1962. Professor Hones earned a Master of Education degree from University of Pittsburgh in 1965 and a Master of Fine Arts degree, specializing in Printmaking, from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1971. In 1979, while on sabbatical, he attended the Atelier 17 in Paris, and the Print Workshop in London. During 1987-88, he returned to the University of Wisconsin as a Honorary Fellow and studied Computer Graphics for a year. Fred Jones joined the Western Illinois University faculty in 1968 as an instructor in Art Education, Drawing and Design after teaching for two years at Chester College of Art in England. In 1969 he was appointed Gallery Director and continued in this position for two years. Since 1971, Johns has developed the Serigraphy Program and the Computer Mediated Art program. In 1995 he was chosen as the Western Illinois University Faculty Lecturer of the Year, and in 1999 he was awarded the rank of Distinguished Lecturer. He is the recipient of five Faculty Excellence Awards. Since coming to Illinois in 1968, he has been involved with the landscape around his home. He has won awards in numerous competitive exhibits and has been the recipient of five commissions from the State of Illinois Percentage for Art program, for landscape works for public buildings. As he describes it, his work essentially is about a sense of place. His home is in two cultures and two countries. He made frequent visit to his village in Wales. In Illinois he works with an ever changing, rich, prairie environment. Another significant part of his artistic production is the Western Illinois Folio Press. Founded in 1980, six major projects have been completed. This interdisciplinary portfolios include works by major figures in the fields of Art and Literature from both sides of the Atlantic. (Lisel Mueller, Pultitzer Prize winner for poetry 1997, Harold Gregor, internationally known artist.) Copies of the portfolios are now in major raw document collections including the British Library. They were touring exhibitions in both U.S. and the U.K. The latest project, the Illinois Portfolio, included a web site exhibition.



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