THE LEADERSHIP

DATHAN B. WILLIAMS
Associate Artistic Director
dathan@harlemshakespearefest.org

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BIOGRAPHY | Dathan B. Williams

While there in 1992 he was awarded the Artistic Director’s John Hirsch Guthrie Award for Most Promising Actor. Recently he could be seen Off-Broadway as Mr. Levy, Sr. in Welcome to America at the 45th Street Theater. Other recent credits include: Kent in King Lear (American Bard Theater Company), Masterji/Vulture 4 in Parts of Parts & Stitches(MT Works), Creon in Antigone and Apollo in Alceste (Columbia University MFA Directors Project), Booker T. Washington in Ragtime (Lyric Oklahoma), Bert Williams in the play with music Nobody (Juneteenth New Play Festival), Freddy in Morning, Noon and Night in Central Park (On The Square Productions), Issac in The Addicts (Boo Arts),Vocal Ensemble in Show Boat(Carnegie Hall Concert), Uncle Jelly/Nathan in American Duet and Auctioneer in Becoming Tennessee (both at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center) and William in the first ever interactive live streamed play: Better left Unsaid. Other select credits include: the B-way and 1st National Tour of Show Boat and seven other Off-Broadway shows, including James in the New York premier of A.R. Gurney's Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages) and three other National Tours, a lot of Regional Theater (39 Companies including, Folger Shakespeare, Florida Shakespeare and Orlando Shakespeare Festival), work with these other NYC Theater Companies: York Theatre, MTC, Pearl Theater Company, The Woman’s Project, SoHo Rep, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, AMAS, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 92nd St Y, New Professional Theater, The Songbook Series, Mythic City, The Actors Stock Company and Fildwith Ensemble Theater. As an Inclusion and Diversity Disability Awareness Teaching Specialist for Kids Project he and his co-workers received a 2007 Mayoral Proclamation for Outstanding Contribution to Education in the City of New York. Next up: the Web-Series The M Theory.

His credits as a director and acting coach for Take Wing And Soar include:
 
CORIOLANUS: The African Warrior [Dramaturg & Text Coach] 2013

Take Wing And Soar Classical Lab Reading Series
WAR OF THE ROSES | March 18, 2013
MEASURE FOR MEASURE | Nov. 11, 2010

The Harlem Shakespeare Workshop
CORIOLANUS | July 2013
WAR OF THE ROSES | June 2012
OTHELLO | June 23, 2011
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM | May 26, 2011
ROMEO and JULIET | April 2011

DATHAN B. WILLIAMS has worked in the U.S. and Canada and is pleased to be returning to direct his second TWAS reading. He could be seen in these TWAS Classical Lab readings: Richard Greatham in Hay Fever, Ross in Macbeth, The Messenger in Medea and Cassius in Julius Caesar and in these TWAS full productions: The Ghost in Hamlet and Jason in Medea. Several seasons ago he had the pleasure to direct an English Pantomime version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. He is a Teaching Artist for Disney Theatricals where he is also currently directing Aladdin and The Jungle Book for their Disney Musical’s In Schools program. Most recently, he also directed the Cabaret show Operatically Speaking and in 2007 he directed the one-man show, Steppin' and Me, which received a MITF nomination for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Short Play, One-Act or Monologue. Previously in association with two time Tony nominated producer, Kimberly Vaughn and the late Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel winning composer, Dick Gallagher, he developed and co-directed the Off-Off-Broadway musical song cycle, Somewhere through a clearing… Theatrical concert directing credits for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS include Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing, 7 Reversal's, and the ten-minute play: Come the Wild Wild Weather. Other directing credits include such shows as: Annie, Into the Woods, Chapter Two, Dracula, Our Town, For Colored Girls…, Company and he adapted Pinocchio and Snow White for the stage. As a Choreographer his work includes: Company, Annie, Broadway, The Bard and Me, Girl Crazy, They're Playing Our Song, Pippin, Three Penny Opera, Oliver, The Pajama Game and West Side Story. He is honored to have taught the craft of Acting at Cornell University and as an actor he has created a diverse body of work as an actor/singer, director, choreographer and teacher and has worked in classical, dramatic, musical theater and TV/Film. A member of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, he was one of five artist of color, who under the guidance of David William, then Artist Director of Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, broke through years of non-inclusive casting decisions by former artistic leaders and became a member of company.

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