William Ian Auld has been involved in theater - performing, touring and working technically - for the last twenty years and still likes it. He earned an MA in Theater from Bowling Green State University in conjunction with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in the United Kingdom and an MFA in Theater: Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University.
In addition to his duties teaching and as at the Kent State Tuscarawas Campus and helping run the 1100 seat Performing Arts Center there, he spends his time between classes traveling the world to fly people on wires. Additional to his teaching load, he remains a Flying Director for Hall Associates Flying Effects; one of the few companies in the world to specialize in performer rigging, or “wire work,” for live events and film. He is one of only a few hundred people in the world who do this professionally and one of only a few dozen people in the world that are currently recognized by the Entertainment Technician Certification Program as a Certified Trainer in Entertainment Rigging as well as being a Certified Rigger for Theater and Arena Rigging.
Professionally he has lived and worked most states of the union and internationally he has toured and worked in almost two dozen countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, the UK, France, Norway and Dubai amongst others
Prior to all this work in theater, however, he spent several happy years of his life jumping out of perfectly good airplanes as an instructor in a United States Army Airborne Corps, Special Operations: Airborne battalion.