MICHAEL T. WILLIAMS is a Brooklyn-based ensemble and physical theatre artist - part director, performer, and educator.
With his collective - Antigravity Performance Project - and solo Michael has worked with: La Mama ETC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, FringeArts, Pig Iron Theatre Company, MCC Theatre, Trinity Rep, Winged Cranes Productions (Madrid), El Reló (Madrid), Soho Rep, Blood from a Turnip, AS220, Sleeping Weazel, and in Arena Stage's Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival.
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 teaching for regional theatre companies and arts education organizations. He has taught three sections of ‘Public Speaking’ at CUNY City Tech each semester since Fall 2017. Michael is the recipient of the Weston Award for Excellence in Directing for William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain (2009, Brown University) and the Victims' Rights Award for his work with Francesca Montanile Lyons and the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Behind Closed Doors, an awareness play. 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 new, ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. From 2011 to 2013, Michael served as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company.
MFA in Devised Performance, University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company. BA in Theatre Arts and Education Policy, Brown University. 2013 Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps.
AWARDS + GRANTS
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' in 2016 *collectively received