William Stewart Jones was born in New York City, but raised in New England. Educated in private schools on the East Coast, Bill and his twin brother moved to Arizona to go to college; and became cowboys. He has two terrific children, Kimmerie and Nicholas.
Bill was on the Faculty of San Francisco State University from 1975 to 1998, teaching Theatre Design. His specialities are make up, theatre crafts and costume design.
Bill has taught master classes for Kryolan Makeup Co., The San Francisco Opera School, the University of Texas at Austin, the El Paso School System, the University of California Extension at Berkeley, Davis, Vallejo, and San Francisco, “The Drama Studio of London” at Berkeley, and has taught workshops for National Theatre Conferences all over the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Germany.
Bill Jones has been a principal make up artist for San Francisco Opera for more than twenty years. He is a member of IATSE Local 706 (Hollywood). Bill has been the make up artist for Samuel Ramey, Regine Crespin, Placido Domingo, and many other superstars. His work can be seen in the Academy Award winning film “In The Shadow Of The Stars”.
For more than 18 years, Bill has been the costumer for Beach Blanket Babylon, and worked with them on the 1989 Academy Awards. His costumes were exhibited at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
He was the Art Director for KQED TV for ten years. During that time he was Artist In Residence with the National Center for Experiments in Television, and worked on many Emmy Award winning programs.
Bill was a set and costume designer with the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop until they moved to Lincoln Center, and has designed a number of Gilbert and Sullivan productions for the Lamplighters. He has designed for many of the local theatre companies.
His work has appeared in Time Magazine, Life Magazine, House Beautiful, House & Garden, and many, many other publications.