Michael R. Williams has worked as a theatre director, educator, and writer in Nepal, Europe, Southern Africa and USA. Extensive career as director of numerous operas, musicals and plays in South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia. Prize winning author of ten novels; Crocodile Burning, American Library Association Award; latest novels Now is the Time for Running, Diamond Boy, Little, Brown, New York. Written several operas, musicals and chamber operas, latest musical Tiger Bay the Musical opening in the UK this year; Nederburg Opera Award for directing and writing SA operas. Previous appointments include lecturer at Stellenbosch University, Vita Professor at Butler, Indianapolis, Libra Professor at University of Maine; Theatre Professor on board F91, S96, F04, and S11 world voyages. Michael has lived in Cape Town for the last thirty years and is currently the Managing Director of Cape Town Opera.