UAB Theatre Chair Will York to retire

UAB Department of Theatre Chair Will York will retire Dec. 31, 2010, from the position he has held since 2005. He joined the UAB faculty in 1999. York recently was honored by the Alabama Conference of Theatre Dec. 4, when he was presented with The Marian Gallaway Award for his contributions to theater in Alabama. York will return to campus to direct UAB Theatre's final 2010-11 season production, "Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov, April 13-17 in UAB's Alys Stephens Center. York says he plans to pursue new endeavors in directing and performing and other artistic interests.

To recognize York's numerous achievements and unstinting dedication, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences will create an endowed fund in his name to support the activities of the theatre department's touring groups. The Department of Theatre provides four different professional tour groups that enable students to perform before diverse under-served audiences of K-12 students and senior citizens in Alabama.

For more information or to contribute to the Will York Theatre Touring Groups Endowed Fund, contact Mary Balfour Van Zandt at 205-975-9644 or