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Nolan Williams, Jr. (Writer/Composer) is best described as a creative force. An award winning producer, artistic director, composer/lyricist, and cultural curator, the multi-hyphenate Williams has dedicated his professional career to the curation of works that illuminate issues of civil rights, social justice, and cultural curiosities.
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..." The Washington Post's Peter Marks adds,"[Williams] is able to compose convincingly in every popular genre..."
In recognition of his broader artistic work and impact, he was named the Kennedy Center’s inaugural Social Practice Resident in 2019 and was presented, in the same year, The Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts’ 2019 Arts Advocacy Award.
Over the past two years, Williams' inspiring work has garnered a staggering ten Telly Awards for global excellence in television and video: seven 2022 prizes for his documentary, Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, including the coveted Gold Prize for Best TV Documentary and three 2021 Bronze Prizes for his viral voting rights anthem, “I Have A Right To Vote” and #ByGrace Live Chat Series, which he co-hosted with celebrity chef Carla Hall. These three award-winning projects have, to date, reached a combined global audience in excess of two million.
A graduate of Oberlin College and resident of Washington, D.C., Nolan is CEO of NEWorks Productions.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Marvin Joseph)