Michael T. Williams / Performer


The Hopefuls were a political-punk-satire band from Philadelphia, PA. Co-created and performed by John Chandler Hawthorne, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Jenna Strusowski, Sara Vanasse, and Michael T. Williams. Music Video by Born Lucky Studios. Lead Artist: John C. Hawthorne. facebook.com/hopefuls2016

Between June 2015 and November 2016 we played sixteen shows and made two music videos. Our work was presented by First Person Arts and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College. Our PUNK ELECTION FANTASIA, performed the weekend before the election, received support from the Knight Foundation via Citizen University’s Joy of Voting Initiative.

Linda at Werks Barehouse Cabaret, April 2018. Music and lyrics made famous by Whitney Houston.

Cavalcade of Dunces, UArts/Pig Iron 'Dares' Festival

Lead Artist: Jenna Strusowski. Co-created with Francesca Montanile, Megan Thibodeaux, John Hawthorne, Alicia Crosby, Andalyn Young, and Riva Rubenoff.

Shoe Dance (dance-theatre) Co-created and performed at the Pig Iron School with Kit Collins, Megan Thibodeaux, Andalyn Young, and Johanna Kasimow.

'Sailing' from A New Brain. Music and Lyrics by William Finn. Accompanist: Dan DeLange.

Dear Diary LOL (2018) Review: “The girls dissect friend dramas and alternately cry and swoon over various crushes (most named Brian, all played to silent, clueless perfection by director Michael T. Williams).”

Dear Diary LOL (2018) Review: “Michael T. Williams got to play the “boys”. The way the male was characterized and brought to life by the girl’s words and the directors’ creativity, was simply divine. I laughed like an unblocking drain every time he made an appearance.”