Bob Willie

Bob Willie


Bob is a native of New York and began his career as assistant director to “Tony” award winning director/producer Joe Layton. He received his B.S. degree from East Carolina University where he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship for excellence in theater performance. He continued his training in the M.F.A. Acting/Directing program at the University of Louisville and at H.B. Studios in New York under the tutelage of Uta Hagan and Charles Nelson Reilly. As an actor, director and fight choreographer, Bob has over sixty professional credits ranging from Shakespeare to musical comedy. Bob has directed several productions for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, including On Golden Pond, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Moon Over Buffalo and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer, which each received the Miss Annie Award for Outstanding Production in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Bob has served as Managing Director of the Professional Theatre Workshop working with such notable theatre dignitaries as Helen Hayes, Colleen Dewhurst, Linda Lavin, Maurice Hines, and Geoffrey Holder. Bob has also served as associate operations manager at the Julliard School working with the New York Philharmonic, The School of American Ballet and the Julliard Dance Ensemble.

Since arriving in Chattanooga in 1987, Bob has helped guide Chattanooga Ballet to new levels of artistic and professional development. Under his leadership the Company has grown to include six full time professionals and a thirty member Corps de Ballet. His dedication to the production of new works has resulted in the commissioning of over forty premiere pieces by American choreographers, three of which were presented at the Avignon Festival in France.

Bob was recently honored by the Tennessee Association of Dance with the prestigious Margaret Martin Award for distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the art of dance in Tennessee. He serves as President of Tennesseans for the Arts, Chairman of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Theatre panel and Chairman of the dance panel of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Bob has also served as President of the Tennessee Association of Dance and as a panelist for the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts.

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