DAVID WILLIAMS is a leading Australian theatre artist whose productions
open spaces for public conversation about political and social issues. David
was the Curator of ATF 2015: MAKING IT, and has worked for 20 years as a
director, writer, producer, dramaturg, and performer with companies across
Australia including Ilbijerri, Griffin, Queensland Theatre, Merrigong Theatre
Company, Vitalstatistix, Belvoir, Branch Nebula, Sidetrack Performance Group,
Sydney Theatre Company, Urban Theatre Projects and pvi collective.
He is a past winner of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for
Acting, a graduate of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development
Program, a member of the 2015 Griffin Studio, and his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green
Room and Drovers Awards.
David was the founder and artistic leader of the
performance group version 1.0, and co-created and produced all of the company’s
work from 1998 until parting ways with the company in 2012. These works
The Tender Age (with ATYP),
The Disappearances Project, The Table of
Knowledge (with Merrigong Theatre Company),
The Bougainville Photoplay Project,
THIS KIND OF RUCKUS, A Distressing Scenario, Deeply Offensive and Utterly
Untrue, The Wages of Spin, CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident), From a Distance
The Second Last Supper.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New South Wales,
an Honours degree in Theatre from UWS (Nepean), and is currently an Honorary
Associate at the Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, a
committee member of SAMAG, and the Producer/Programmer at the Seymour Centre.
Under the banner DW Projects, David Williams creates theatre works of
social relevance, aesthetic rigour and emotional impact from research, interviews,
transcripts and public documents. Current and upcoming DW Projects include:
Quiet Faith (national tour April-July 2018),
Smurf in Wanderland (National
Theatre of Parramatta & Griffin Theatre Company) and
Grace Under Pressure
(Seymour Centre & The Big Anxiety).
Smurf in Wanderland is David’s first
work for National Theatre of Parramatta.