Bill Leavengood (Shorecrest class of ‘78) is a two-time Eugene O'Neill playwright award winner and alumnus of Circle Repertory. His Off-Broadway credits include SPECIAL on Theatre Row; LITTLE MARY at the Sanford Meisner Theatre; THE HEAD at the Chelsea Playhouse; THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY directed by Casey Childs at Primary Stages; and FLORIDA CRACKERS directed by John Bishop, which premiered as part of Circle Repertory’s 20th Anniversary Season.
Bill’s short play, STEVE, was presented at the Town Hall Theatre in New York as part of BRAVE NEW WORLD: The American Theater responds to 9/11, and subsequently made into a short film starring Fisher Stevens.
In Florida, recent successes include WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL at the Mahaffey Theater; CROSSING THE BAY at the Janet Root Theatre; AMERICAN ROAD at the Gorilla Theatre; and FOOD & SHELTER at American Stage. His comedy, LOURDES OF THE FLIES, had its world premiere at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg in 2011. American Stage, St. Petersburg’s oldest Equity Theater, produced public readings of five of his plays as part of their Emerging Masters Playreading Series.
His farce, WHAT IS ART?, opened the Reflections Festival of New Plays at the GeVa Theatre, and was later produced at the Court Theatre, Los Angeles, starring Beverly Hills 90210’s Ian Ziering.
17 BLACK was chosen for the National Playwrights Conference and subsequently received the Brodkin Scholarship Award. Bill was invited to return to the NPC in 1995 with THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY.
Published works include FLORIDA, BOUND, a collection of his plays, and HELLENBACK HIGH. Bill has received grants from Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; Florida Council for the Arts, Pinellas County Arts Council, and the Berrilla Kerr Foundation. Other awards and honors include the Edith Oliver Fellows Award, SETC 2015 Innovative Playwriting Instruction Award and “Best of the Bay” Playwright in 2005, 2000, 1999 and 1997.
Bill served as Artistic Director of the LiveArts Peninsula Foundation and is Director of the Theatre Program at Shorecrest Preparatory School, where he has been teaching Theatre, Playwriting and Film in St. Petersburg, Florida, for 20 years. In addition, he is the Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at the University of South Florida in Tampa. His students have received numerous local and national awards, productions and publication around the country. He belongs to the Circle East Theatre Company (NYC), the Dramatists’ Guild, and the Writers’ Guild.
Bill’s students have received numerous local and national awards, productions and publication around the country.