WILLIAM HAYES is the producing artistic director and a founding member of PBD, and the 2017 recipient of the Florida Professional Theatre Association’s Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre. A short list of his extensive directing credits includes the world premieres of Lyle Kessler’s House on Fire, Joseph McDonough’s Edgar & Emily, and Terry Teachout’s Billy and Me, as well as the acclaimed productions of The Night of the Iguana, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Picnic, My Old Lady starring Estelle Parsons, The Lion in Winter, Exit the King, A Delicate Balance, American Buffalo, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Also a playwright, Bill is the recipient of the Charles M. Getchell Award, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Locally, he adjudicates the drama portion of the annual Pathfinders Awards sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, and served on the City of West Palm Beach Cultural Affairs Council. He and Sue Ellen Beryl are the recipients of the 2015 REMY Pioneer Award (South Florida Theatre League). Bill also received the 2014 Clyde Fyfe Award, presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and a 2014 Silver Palm Award, presented by the South Florida Theatre League “for his outstanding work as Producing Artistic Director” of PBD. He served two terms as president of the Florida Professional Theatres Association and is a national ambassador for The Actors Fund.