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Ed Williams

Discipline: Theatre

Edmond Williams served as the Chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama from 1979-2007. He joined the faculty in 1971 just after receiving his Ph.D. degree from Florida State University, and now continues to teach and direct at the University of Alabama as Professor of Theatre. His dissertation for the Ph.D. was on directing Shakespeare and involved his observation of the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London. At the University of Alabama Williams established the MFA degree for professional studies in Theatre, regularly directed at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and taught in the Professional Actor Training Program there. Williams has been involved with the Alabama at Oxford program, teaching at Wadham College within Oxford University, and the Alabama in Ireland program, teaching at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also served as consultant for the US Department of State to the National Theatre of Namibia, was outside examiner for the University of Namibia’s Academy of the Arts, and served as consultant to the University of Ulster in their efforts to establish a graduate program. His production of Edward Bond’s Lear was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a national winner in the American College Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association’s award for Outstanding Commitment to Teaching, and presently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.