Bill Conner Associates LLC
Theatre Consulting | Assembly Planning | Creative Solutions
Bill Conner Associates LLC
Chicago: Bill Conner FASTC 637 North Marion Street Oak Park IL 60302 (708) 437-0505
Bill Conner’s professional training allowed him to combine college teaching with work as a professional lighting designer for five years early in his career. He taught at SUNY Potsdam, Bates College, and Colby College. While teaching in Maine, he designed lights for the Felice Lesser Dance Theatre Foundation, New York, and for Maria Jimena Lasansky. During this time, Bill was appointed to the Maine State commission on the Arts and Humanities Dance Panel. In 1982 he became a full time consultant, specializing in comprehensive systems planning and facility design services for performing arts programs and worship facilities.
Bill graduated from SUNY Potsdam with Honors in 1974 and earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1979. Bill is a member and codes officer of the American Society of Theatre Consultants since 1989; in 2014 he was named a Fellow of ASTC. Bill is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology; a member of the National Fire Protection Association and recently was honored with the 2008 Special Achievement Award from the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) Standards Council. He participates actively in the development of the national model building and fire codes as the senior member of Technical Committee for Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structures of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code, serving since 1988. Bill also is on the committee for NFPA 5000, The Building Code and frequently testifies at the code change hearings for the International Building Code. He has been a member of the Special Occupancies sub-committee for the ADAAG Federal Review Advisory Committee representing ASTC; and author of proposed changes submitted to the Access Board regarding sightlines and distribution of wheelchair locations and is a member of the ANSI A117.1 committee, the Standard for Accessibility. He has written several articles regarding theatre planning and codes as they apply to places of assembly for industry publications.
Bill Conner is a Certified Rigger - Theatre, being one of the first class to take and pass the examination prepared by the Entertainment Technician Certification Program.
Besides attending plays as often as possible with his wife of more than 40 years, Kim Michel Conner, Bill is an avid outdoors adventurer, especially enjoying canoeing with his two sons, Will and James, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and camping wherever the Boy Scouts go including Philmont Scout Ranch.
Bill Conner FASTC - Owner