Since 2003, Bill Jenkins has served as the technical director and resident designer for Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center, in addition to teaching courses on technical theatre and design. He is responsible for the technical direction of several theatrical productions at Dominican throughout the year, as well as musical performances, lectures and special events. In addition, he has done freelance design, scenery, lighting and technical direction for over 300 professional productions of all types and in a wide variety of venues. Previously, Jenkins worked in scene design and technical direction at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Virginia Union University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fort Lee Playhouse in Fort Lee, VA, Theatre IV in Richmond, VA, and Children’s Theatre of Richmond.
In addition, Jenkins is a passionate advocate for the families of murder victims and for victim rights. His son, William Jenkins, was murdered in a robbery in Richmond, VA, in 1997, and Jenkins opposed the death penalty for the assailant. Since that time, Jenkins has served on the national board of the National Coalition of Victims in Action and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. In addition, he and his wife co-founded several organizations to protect victims’ rights and foster activism through online networking, including Victims of Gun Violence, Illinoisvictims.org, and The National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers.