Bill Conner - Center Stage


Once a month, C Magazine interviews a prominent Columbus figure to discuss why he or she wakes up in the morning. This month, we chatted with CAPA President & CEO Bill Conner.

C Magazine:
What initially drew you to the entertainment industry?
Bill Conner: I’ve always enjoyed people and sort of the relationship of artist and audience. What people don’t know is that one of my degrees is in divinity. So, in a way, I look at the arts as one big church.

C Magazine:
You can take three things with you to a deserted island. What are they?
Conner: I’d probably take Reese’s Pieces because I really like them. I’d probably take the HBO series The Wire to watch, and Heidi Klum.

C Magazine:
If laughter is the best medicine, who makes you feel better?
Conner: Probably my daughter. In low moments, she’s got a great personality. She does things that just crack me up, and her life is completely antithetical to mine. I’m very organized and anal, and she’s neither. Every time she calls, I hold on!

C Magazine:
The most difficult thing in life is…
Conner: Helping people through change.

C Magazine:
Name the three musicals that were most influential in your life.
Conner: Les Miserable, Spring Awakening, and just recently In The Heights?

C Magazine:
Which actor would you like to see portray you if your life were turned into a movie?
Conner: Well, in some ways Adam Sandler, only because he has such a great sense of humor and he’s very sensitive. It’s that sort of combination.

C Magazine:
Which designer takes up the most real estate in your closet?
Conner: There’s a British suit designer, it’s called Daks. I like Armani shirts and Pink shirts, you know, the British company Pink. I also like Prada shoes.

C Magazine:
How do you relax after work?
Conner: I go to Planks on High Street! I drink really cheap red wine, I get the antipasto salad, and I watch baseball.