Will North is a highly established theater professional with more than 20 years of creative and financial experience, onstage as a lead performer and backstage as a producer and director. Will is thrilled to bring all of his passion, talent and expertise to the helm of 5-Star Theatricals as its new Managing Director.
A professionally trained performer, Will (AEA, SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP) holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting pedagogy from the University of Alabama, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Jacksonville University. He has performed more than 100 roles on stages including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Cinderella Castle Stage, Disney World, the Celebrity Galaxy Cruise Ship (where he was also company manager), The York Theatre NYC, 5-Star Theatricals and other venues nationwide. Some of his favorite personal performances include his roles as Pippin in PIPPIN, Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Sky in GUYS AND DOLLS, Tony in WEST SIDE STORY, Zastrozzi in ZASTROZZI, and Brick in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Will also spent the past five years touring with the Southeastern tour of THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS.
A singer and instrumentalist – he’s a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as a published songwriter – Will has performed in concert with Alexis Gershwin at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, in addition to appearing with several symphonies.
In addition to being an accomplished actor, singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, Will is an award-winning director, with credits for such shows as: Oklahoma, No Exit, Sweeney Todd and beyond. Plus, as the resident technical director and production manager of Marymount Los Angeles for a six-year span, his work also includes 42ND ST., OLIVER, CATS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and PETER PAN to name a few.
On the business side of entertainment, Will moved to Los Angeles to assist Sam Haskell (former VP of Worldwide TV for the William Morris Agency), where he worked on many projects, including producing the Miss America Live telecast and reality show, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award National Ceremonies, in addition to managing events for Martingale Music recording artist, Mary Haskell.
Eventually transitioning to producer, Will worked for Abel McCallister Designs as its producer of experiential event marketing for top brands such as Patron, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Duke Spirits. He was also associate producer for the NAACP awards nominated show Visionary Man, at the Hudson Theatre in LA, in addition to other projects around the country.
Welcomed to the board of directors at 5-Star Theatricals in 2017, Will is looking forward to continuing to strengthen the company’s reputation as an established professional theater company in Southern California.