William Virchis is the C.E.O. of Virco Enterprises and Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica. An integral part of San Diego’s performing arts education for more than 30 years, he worked as Director of Visual and Performing Arts at the Sweetwater Union High School District, where he also taught and directed for the (CTE-ROP) theatre program; and as an instructor and director in the Southwestern College Theatre Department.
A native of Chula Vista since his family settled in 1951, Bill is an alumnus of Chula Vista High School, Southwestern College, and San Diego State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and received the Sybil Eliza Jones Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. His post-graduate work took him to the University of Mexico City, the same city in which he was born.
He is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Meta-Old Globe Theatre, where he directed, among other works — the first educational tour; and he is also a co-founder and Artistic Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica: A Common Ground Theatre, which has been associated with San Diego Repertory Theatre Company – where Bill has also directed – and the Old Globe Theatre Company for over 20 years. He has directed on all sides of the border – working in many other well known theatres across the Southwest, Mexico and Canada, including more than 30 world college premiere plays.
As President and CEO of Virco Enterprises, a production coordinating company, he has helped to produce the International Mariachi Festival for over 20 years and has been instrumental in the coordination of numerous civic and state events for the San Diego community. Bill has collected awards and accolades throughout his career as an actor, director and educator. As an actor he has received the Atlas Award for his portrayal of Pancho in The Night of the Iguana at the Old Globe Theatre, among others.
Bill was honored for professional leadership at Southwestern College from the Governing Board and Faculty, was recognized as the Theatre Educator of the Year by the Southern California Theatre Association, and received the Arts Districts Administrator of the Year from the California Music Education Association southern Border Section. In 2007 Bill received the most prestigious award given by the California Music Education Association Southern Border Section — District Administrator of the Year. He has been inducted numerous Halls of Fame, including the “Who’s Who Theatre Educator Hall of Fame” and the San Diego Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame.
Bill’s volunteer work and community service have been widely recognized; having received the United States Congressional Award for Citizen of the Month presented by Congressmen Bob Filner, and was highly honored with George W. Bush’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Bill has served on the Access to Independence Host Committee for three years and has been instrumental in helping arrange the entertainment for Access’ annual gala.
He is dedicated to the disability community and helps to raise funds for Access to Independence along with helping to acquire auction items for the silent and live auctions for the gala. Numerous awards and commendations have come from local and regional organizations throughout the years for his commitment to education, the arts, and the diverse communities in which he has lived and worked. A father of two and grandfather of three, Bill continues inspire family, friends and audiences with his boundless energy and infectious passion for his work.