Civic Theatre Staff
He has directed and/or choreographed at Goodspeed Musicals, The Sharon Playhouse, American Family Theatre, YOLO Theatre Group, manhattantheatresource, New York City Opera Education Department, Shepherd Hills Dinner Theatre, The Trilogy Theatre, and PA Stage. Locally he has worked at Muhlenberg (Little Shop of Horrors, Damn Yankees, Joseph…, Schoolhouse Rock Live, and others) and the Theatre Outlet (jasonSongs, The Laramie Project, Bricks, Lysistrata). He has created choreography for all the musicals he directed locally, as well as productions of My Fair Lady, On the Twentieth Century, The Sound of Music, and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, The Cradle Will Rock at Theatre Outlet, and Angry Housewives, Over Here, Irma La Douce, Mack and Mabel, Company, Gypsy and others elsewhere. His choreography for the 2003 production of The Wiz at Emmaus H.S. was the recipient of the first FREDDY award for choreography. Bill received the Arts Ovation Award in 1998 for Outstanding Acheivement in the Performing Arts and his production of Gypsy was honored with an unprecedented 25th anniversary special recognition award from Arts Ovation. He has been a recipient of the Community Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Diversity Network for his commitment to bringing LGBT themed work to the Lehigh Valley and has been honored with the prestigious Allentown Human Relations Award. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of Actor’s Equity and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Managing Director — Michael Traupman has served as Civic’s Managing Director since the Fall of 2012. Prior to that, Michael worked with Civic as interim Managing Director, as a development and marketing consultant, as well as Vice President of Civic’s Board. Michael spent 16 years at Cedar Crest College where he was Executive Director for College Relations. Responsible for the College’s marketing efforts and special events programming, Michael led the planning of the College’s largest public events, including programs surrounding the campus visits of Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Anan, President George Bush, First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Nobel Prize Winner Elie Weisel and many others. As an advisor to the College president and a member of her cabinet, Michael worked on capital fundraising and the College’s annual fundraising campaigns – crafting case statements and creating the messaging that helped the college raise nearly $12 million in 5 years. Previously Michael worked as the Director of Press and Publications for the former Pennsylvania Stage Company (LORT D) as well as an associate editor for the Rodale Institute’s New Farm magazine and its customer publishing division. As a performer, Michael has appeared on stage in several productions at Civic as well as on other stages in the area. He frequently performs concerts and cabarets throughout the region. He has appeared in New York City in concert at the Triad, The Iridium, Don’t Tell Mama’s and in Jim Caruso’s weekly “Cast Party” at Birdland.