Michael T. Williams / Educator

Behind Closed Doors

An awareness play written and performed by the women of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) from the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Directed and Devised by Michael T. Williams and Francesca Montanile Lyons

Performed annually 2012-2016 through the generous support of Trinity Rep’s Education Department and Staff

Behind Closed Doors Homepage / SOAR Homepage / 2012 URI Tour / 2016 Closing Coverage

Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Attorney General: "It was the most compelling presentation regarding domestic violence I’ve ever seen. With real-life stories presented in a creative way, the play took the audience from early warning signs of domestic violence, to psychological control and physical abuse, to escape and finally ongoing survivorship. It encompassed all aspects of the cycle of violence. The strength of the 15 women presenting their stories was inspiring on many levels. Everyone should view this play, especially young people starting out in new relationships."

  • Victims' Rights Award (presented by the Rhode Island Attorney General) – Spring 2013 *Co-Recipient with Women of SOAR and Francesca Montanile Lyons

  • Justice Award (presented by the Rhode Island State Department) – Fall 2013 *Co-Recipient with Women of SOAR and Francesca Montanile Lyons

NYC College of Technology (City Tech) CUNY, Professor for 'Public Speaking'

New York City, NY: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019-Present

Medgar Evers College CUNY, Professor for 'Speech-Theatre'

New York City, NY: May-July 2017

UArts Brind School of Theatre, Co-Instructor for 'Ensemble Devising'

Philadelphia, PA: August-December 2016

Al Aqsa Islamic Academy, Lead Teaching Artist in Theatre

Philadelphia, PA: September-December 2016

Brown U/RISD CoLAB, Program Associate + Devising Methodologies Instructor

Providence, RI: June-August 2016

Philadelphia Theatre Company, Lead Teaching Artist

Philadelphia, PA: September 2015 – August 2016

Art Sanctuary's ARTSTAC Teaching Artist Council

Philadelphia, PA: February 2014 – August 2016

Philadelphia Parks & Rec, Resident Instructor, Drama/Improvisation

Philadelphia, PA: June 2014 – August 2014

Trinity Repertory Company, Education Outreach Coordinator

    Providence, RI: August 2011 – June 2013

Arena Stage, Bob Alexander Community Engagement Fellow

    Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program, Washington, DC: 2011

Trinity Repertory Company, Teaching Artist/Counselor

    Providence, RI:  2009 – 2011, summers

Disney Theatrical Productions, Education/Creative Intern

    New York City, NY: June 2008 – August 2008

No Small Parts, Teaching Artist, Group Coordinator and Volunteer

    Olneyville, RI: Fall 2007 – Spring 2010 

Student-devised murder mystery. A partnership of the Providence After School Alliance and Trinity Rep’s Education Department, 2013

Young actors tackle Albee's …Virginia Woolf. Trinity Rep's Young Actors Summer Institute, 2012