Sybil R. Williams is a playwright and dramaturge whose work has been professionally produced by Chicago’s ETA Creative Arts Theatre; New York’s National Black Theater; Pittsburgh’s Kuntu Theatre; University of Pennsylvania; CALARTS; and Harlem’s Rebel Theatre and the Red Shirt Reading Series in New York City. Her latest work I AM A DRUM was presented as part of FRESSH Theatre’s inaugural season in March 2016.
As a dramaturge, she completed a three-year project creating a docudrama to celebrate the lives of the Little Rock Nine titled IT HAPPENED IN LITTLE ROCK and the Latino/African-American Theatre festival VOICES AT THE RIVER at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. She served as dramaturge for THREE LITTLE BIRDS at Adventure Theatre . Her latest projects include a new musical titled U.G.L.Y. at Sigworks Summer Musical Theatre Development Series, and a new hip-hop musical at New York City’s Flea Theatre titled SYNCHING INK to premiere at Houston’s Alley Theatre in January 2017.
As an instructor, Williams teaches courses on African-American, African, and Caribbean performance and aesthetics. She also teaches in the Women’s Studies program focusing on feminist artist of the Diaspora. Having just returned from Cuba, she is most looking forward to exploring the work of contemporary women artists in Havana. This fall she will direct the freshman debut performance titled “Overture” for the Theatre/Musical Theatre program. It’s always a blast!!