DeRon S. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago and a freelance director and dramaturg. He has published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama. His directing credits include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, Regina Taylor’s Crowns, Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, and Africa to America: A Celebration of Who We Are, an interdisciplinary performance written by Wendy R. Coleman. DeRon is also co-editor of the forthcoming edited volume titled Contemporary Black Theatre & Performance: Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity, as a part of the Methuen Drama Agitations: Politics, Text, Performance series.

The Philadelphia Dance Company
Williams works with the Philadelphia Dance Company, a 53-year-old training and performance institute. Williams compiles a history of the organization, from its origins as an effort to create space for Black dancers to its current position as a respected arts organization and a voice for dancers of African descent worldwide.

Award Information

SSRC Arts Research with Communities of Color (ARCC) Fellowship 2022