MICHAEL T. WILLIAMS is a queer-identified Brooklyn-based devised and ensemble theatre artist - part director, performer, and educator. Driven by visual storytelling and original scores, his work explores the marriage of the divine and the profane, unreliable first person narratives, and the healing capacity of community.
With his collective - Antigravity Performance Project - and solo Michael has worked with: FringeArts, La MaMa ETC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Trinity Rep, Winged Cranes Productions (Madrid), El Reló (Madrid), Blood from a Turnip, AS220, Sleeping Weazel, and in Arena Stage's Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival.
His original performance works have been presented at FringeArts, Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio Theatre, and at Haverford College through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. Michael has taught for the Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design CoLAB, the City University of New York, and University of the Arts, in addition to regional theatre companies and arts education organizations. Michael is the recipient of the Victims' Rights and Justice Awards for his work with Francesca Montanile Lyons and the Women of SOAR on Behind Closed Doors. He has received artist residencies from Bethany Arts Community and Adelphi University/New York Theatre Workshop. In 2011, Michael was the Bob Alexander Community Engagement Fellow in the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program at Arena Stage, where he taught, directed and devised ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. From 2011 to 2013, Michael served as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company. Michael has taught ‘Public Speaking’ at CUNY City Tech since 2017.
MFA in Devised Performance, University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company. BA in Theatre Arts and Education Policy, Brown University.
Justice Award (presented by the Rhode Island State Department) – Fall 2013 *Co-Recipient with Francesca Montanile Lyons
Victims' Rights Award (presented by the Rhode Island Attorney General) – Spring 2013 *Co-Recipient with Francesca Montanile Lyons
Weston Award for Excellence in Directing (A New Brain – Spring 2009, Brown U.)
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant recipient (for Antigravity's Dear Diary LOL at FringeArts Main Stage January 2018)
Small But Mighty Arts Grant recipient (for Antigravity's Dear Diary LOL in the 2017 Neighborhood FringeArts Festival) *collectively received
Knight Foundation and Citizen University's Joy of Voting Grant recipient for The Hopefuls: Punk Election Fantasia in 2016 *collectively received