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Professor and Director of International Theatre Production Program

Judith Williams

University of Florida

DR. JUDITH WILLIAMS served as Chair/Artistic Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida from 1989 to 1997. Professor Williams, a University of Michigan PhD, is an internationally recognized producer, director, actor and teacher. From 1981 to 1985, Dr. Williams served as Producer/Artistic Director of the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, in Burlington, VT. She has been actively involved on a regional and national level with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival since 1969, when she was first nominated for an Irene Ryan Scholarship. Professor Williams received the Amoco Gold Medallion for “Excellence in American Theatre” in 1985 and the Kennedy Center Medallion in 1986 for “Outstanding Service to American Theatre”. Dr. Williams was elected as a member of The College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1997 along with playwright Edward Albee. As of fall 1997, Professor Williams returned to teaching full time in the areas of acting, directing, and ballroom dance. Williams has directed and acted in over 90 professional and university productions, in addition to 27 international productions in London, Winchester, and Yorkshire, England, as well as Austria, Scotland, Germany, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Brazil, Costa Rica, Israel, and South Africa. She continues to serve UF as the Director of the International Theatre Production Program and most recently directed a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in June 2011, which performed on amphitheatres in Athens and Spetses, Greece.