Bill Irwin - Details


BILL IRWIN is known to a lot of people as a lot of things: actor, dancer, performance artist, vaudeville clown, producer, writer, director, choreographer and to young children as Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street. For the most part he defies categorization though is one of the most respected performers in all of entertainment.

Irwin was an original member of Kraken, a theatre company directed by Herbert Blau and was an original member of the Pickle family Circus of San Francisco. He appeared as a guest with the ODC Dance Company of San Francisco, which first produced his original work. His own off-Broadway pieces include Not Quite/New York, The Courtroom and The Regard of Flight (also seen on PBS’ Great Performances).

On Broadway, Irwin’s Largely New York received five Tony Award nomination and won Drama desk, Outer Critic Circle, New York Dance and Performance Awards. Bill along with David Shiner starred and choregraphed the hit Fool Moon (which won a special Tony award in 1999). Irwin also appeared with Steve Martin, Robin Williams and F. Murray Abraham in Waiting For Godot at Lincoln Center and Texts For Nothing at the Classic Stage Company and in George Wolfe’s park production of The Tempest. Other Broadway productions include Accidental Death of an Anarchrist and 5-6-7-8 Dance. More recently he starred in his adaptation of the play Scapin at The Roundabout Theatre in New York City and directed A Flea In Her Ear at the Roundabout.


  • 11th April 1950 - Birth