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Colin K. Bills

By Wes Calkin

Colin K. Bills (he/him/his) is a Washington, DC, based Lighting and Set Designer.  He is a Company Member and member of the EDI Working Group at Woolly Mammoth where has lit over fifty productions and designed several sets, including lighting for Fairview, Gloria, Botticelli in the Fire, An Octoroon, Black Side of the Moon (also set design), Stupid Fucking Bird, The Convert, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, A Bright New Boise, Oedipus el Rey, Clybourne Park, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. As a Conspirator with the devised theater company dog & pony dc, he collaborated in the writing, direction and design of A Killing Game and Beertown, and has designed the sets and lighting for Courage and Punch…that’s the way we do it. In the DC area, his favorite designs include The Originalist and Oliver at Arena Stage; Once and Colossal at Olney Theater, HairsprayA Little Night Music, Threepenny Opera and Midwestern Gothic at Signature. His designs have been seen nationally (and internationally) at Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Chicago’s Second City, Constellation Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Court Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Everyman Theatre, 59E59, Ford’s Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Marin Theatre Company, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Opera Lafayette, Opéra Royal Versailles, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, The Smithsonian, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theater J, The Washington Revels, The Welders, The Wilma Theater, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Colin has won three Helen Hayes Awards and is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater. He is the Director of Production for the Washington Revels, has taught lighting and set design at Howard and American Universities, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.