Welcome to the official website for the new musical, GRACE.
Nolan Williams, Jr. (Writer/Composer) is best described as a creative force. An American composer, award-winning artistic producer, music director, and cultural curator, the multi-hyphenate Williams uses his art to commemorate, educate and uplift.
His body of work includes theatrical productions including: STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA (The Kennedy Center), GO, TELL IT! (Lincoln Theatre), CHRISTMAS GIFT! (The Clarice) and DEVINE HAMER GRAY (in development); choral/orchestral works premiered by major American orchestras; music for television; songwriting credits on two Grammy-nominated projects; video/documentary projects; arts and educational festivals produced in partnership with The Kennedy Center and Philadelphia’s Mann Center; and cultural programming developed with the Smithsonian, U.S. State Department, and the Embassies of India, France and South Africa.
Concerning his music, The Philadelphia Inquirer asserts, "Williams has a musical language all his own. It brims with vernacular American optimism..."
In recognition of his broader artistic work and impact, he was named one of the Kennedy Center’s inaugural Social Practice Residents in 2019 and was presented, in the same year, The Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts’ 2019 Arts Advocacy Award.
Most recently, Williams' inspiring work has garnered three 2021 Telly Awards Bronze Prizes including: Best Social Impact Video for his viral voting rights anthem, “I Have A Right To Vote” and Best Non-Scripted Online Series and Best Food & Beverage Online Series for his #ByGrace Live Chat Series, co-hosted by Williams and celebrity chef Carla Hall. These two award-winning projects have, to date, reached a combined global audience of nearly two million.
A graduate of Oberlin College and resident of Washington, D.C., Nolan is CEO of NEWorks Productions.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Marvin Joseph)