Theatre and Dance
Instructor of Theatre
Office Location: 109 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-2781
William Spencer Musser is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute where he received his B.F.A. in sculpture. He received his M.F.A. in theatre scene design and technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. After graduating he continued as an instructor with the graduate program at UMKC and as a scene designer and technical director with Rockhurst University. He also worked as a freelance theatre designer and artist.
At Rockhurst University he worked on productions including Spring Awakening, The Crucible, Working, Urinetown, The Threepenny Opera, The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Dr. Faustus. Other past professional design credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan, Absurd Person Singular, Crowns and The Exonerated, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Promise.
He has taught special workshops on theatre and design for the Kansas City Art Institute, where he also worked with the Artsounds program, a collaborative event between visual artists affiliated with the Kansas City Art Institute and musicians in the Conservatory at the University of Missouri, in Kansas City, to produce a theatrical adaptation of a traditional Japanese folktale collected by Lafcadio Hearn that was followed by works of his original animation.
Most recently he has worked for the last two years as the set designer and technical director for Opera in the Ozarks, designing shows such as La Nozze Di Figaro, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, and L’Enfant et Les Sortileges. He is currently working on several projects including writing and illustrating for children’s books.