LA Williams

Director

LA Williams is a New York-based director focused primarily on new work. Upcoming: Rated Black by Kareem M. Lucas (New York Theatre Workshop @ Next Door); Hype Man by Idris Goodwin (Interact Theatre Company); Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder (George Street Playhouse). Recent credits include Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Juilliard School); Richard in 9 Poses by Sarah DeLappe (Clubbed Thumb). He has developed and directed new work at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The New Group, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Dramatists Guild of America, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, LaMama, National Black Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Firebone Theater, Quicksilver Theatre Company, Horse Trade Theater Group and Crowded Outlet. Assistant Director credits include: The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Lincoln Center Theater); Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino (Roundabout Theatre Company); brownsville song (b-side for Tray) by Kimber Lee (LCT3);Romeo & Juliet (The Classical Theatre of Harlem); APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Signature Theatre Company); and The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber (Labyrinth Theatre Company). LA is the founding Artistic Director of the Black Directors Studio, a new play reading series for emerging Black directors. In 2012, he created and executive produced Celebrate! with LA Williams: a multimedia docu-series that celebrates early career theater artists. LA currently serves on the ENCORES! Off-Center Artist Board at New York City Center, and is a 2017-18 National Directors Fellow and a 2016-17 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, SDCF Observership program, and was the Kenny Leon Directing Fellow in 2009. Education: M.A. Emerson College, B.A. Alabama State University

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