On March 24, the co-founder of Pocket Universe Productions and it’s AudioComics division, William Dufris, passed away following a 2+ year battle with cancer of the esophagus. He was 62.
Bill began his career in audio drama, audiobooks, and narration in the United Kingdom, where he established The Story Circle Ltd. with fellow actor/narrators Liza Ross and Garrick Hagon, appearing in audio dramas with the BBC (V.I. Warshawski, Voyage, An American Werewolf in London, Judge Dredd, and The Amazing Spider-Man as the title character) and animated series and films (Rocky and the Dodos, Lupin, and Bob the Builder where he portrayed Bob, Farmer Pickles, and Mr. Sabaini), voicing everything from single-narrator audiobooks to language tapes, and directing a children’s theatre workshop before his return to the US in 1998.
In addition to his work with Pocket Universe Productions and it’s AudioComics division, Bill co-created Dagaz Media with noted fiction podcast producer/director Fred Greenhalgh, directed the live audio drama Super Indian with Native Voices at the Autry, and was a fixture with the National Audio Theatre Festival as both instructor and performer during its Audio Theatre Workshop days in West Plains, MO, and in recent years with the NATF’s HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City.
“Generosity is something we should strive for and expect in return.” That was Bill, his philosophy to business and his philosophy regarding life. He was a lightning storm of creativity, whose infectious joy could probably power the state of Maine. Our hearts are with his wife Maria, his kids, his brother Mike and sisters Diane and Ruth, and all of the friends and collaborators he leaves behind, now family of the best kind.
William Dufris 1958 – 2020