After graduating in 1985 from UCLA with a degree in English and a teaching credential, Bill Walthall returned to his hometown in Ventura County, California, to teach English and drama at Oxnard and Hueneme High Schools. Having spent a decade in the classroom, he took a year off to recharge his batteries, but was pulled into the private-sector rat race as a technology consultant.
In 2009, however, he rekindled his passion for literature and education, launching this blog, The Bill / Shakespeare Project, where he brings not only a fun, accessible yet still scholarly approach to a play-by-play analysis of Shakespeare’s works from The Comedy of Errors through The Tempest, but also the latest and greatest in Willy Shakespeare headlines every week in his “This Week in Shakespeare” podcast.
As a former teacher, Bill knows how to bring Shakespeare to the students. He can deliver lessons and interactive presentations in classroom visitations, workshops for teachers who are looking for ways to introduce and teach the best of the Bard, as well as TED Talk-type presentations for groups.