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Don Williams

Lecturer in Drama

Donald G. Williams is a producer, director, educator, technical advisor, and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College. Williams has presented plays, presentations, and workshops throughout California. He is a member of the California Educational Theater Association, Black Theater Network, National Black Theater Festival, United States Institute of Theater Technology and NAACP.  Williams has been teaching at UCSC for 28 years within the UCSC Theater Arts. He is the founder and director of the UCSC African American Theater Arts Troupe in 1991 and producer of Rainbow Theater in 1993, focusing on African Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanx/ Latinx Americans' culture and experiences.

Education and Training: 
1985-87 MFA Program /Directing and Theater History (18 units), University of Southern California
1979 Bachelor of Arts Major/Theater Arts and Minor//Telecommunications, Michigan State University
1976 Associate of Arts, Lansing Community College
Teaching Interests: 

University of CA Santa Cruz

2007-present Lecturer, Introduction to African American Theater UCSC Theater Arts 

1997-98 Co-Lecturer, Theater of Diversity: Crossing Cultural Divides 

1996-94 Lecturer, Introduction to African American Theater 

1994-Present Lecturer, Introduction to Rainbow Theater 

2005- Present Lecturer, Rainbow Theater Cultural Studies 

1988-94 Mentor/Consultant, Stevenson College Theater Guilds 

1988-95 Producer/Director, Annual Casa Primera & Casa Segunda Talent Show 

2008-11 Producer/Director, KCAB Radio Hour 1940's Radio Drama 

 

Cabrillo Community College

2008-11 Producer/Director, KCAB Radio Hour 1940's Radio Drama 

2010 Instructor/Director, Theater Arts 85 Production Class 

2003-present Lecturer, Narrative Performance 

2002-present Lecturer, Introduction to Acting

Selected Publications: 

Director

2020 Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau, UCSC Second Stage; Monterey Peninsula College (MPC.) 

2019 Crowns, Regina Taylor, UCSC Second Stage; MPC. 

2018 A Raisin In The Sun, Lorraine Hansberry, UCSC Second Stage; MPC

2017 Detroit 67, Dominique Morisseau, UCSC Second Stage; MPC

2016 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, August Wilson, UCSC Event Center; Monterey Peninsula College; Cabrillo College 

2015 Black Eagles, Leslie Lee, UCSC Stevenson Event Center; Oldemeyer Community Center (OCC); Cabrillo College

2014 To Be Young Gifted, Beautiful and Black, Lorriane Hansberry, UCSC Stevenson Event Center; Oldemeyer Community Center 

2013 The Amen Corner, James Baldwin, UCSC Main Stage; Oldemeyer Community Center

2012 Ruined, Lynn Nottage, UCSC Second Stage; Oldemeyer Community Center

2011 American Menu, Don Wilson Glen, UCSC Experimental Theater; Oldemeyer Community Center; Santa Cruz High School 

2010 These People Can Fly, Deborah Ferguson, UCSC Main Stage; MPC; OCC 

2009 The Piano Lesson, August Wilson, UCSC Main Stage; OCC; Santa Cruz High School 

2008 The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, Karani Marcia Leslie, UCSC Stevenson College; OCC.

2006 Don’t Get God Started, Ron Milner, UCSC Second Stage; OCC

2005 Steal Away, Ramona King UCSC Main Stage; Oldemeyer Community Center

Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms, Ron Milner, UCSC Experimental Theater; Santa Cruz High School; MPC

2004-11 KCAB Radio Hour: 1940's Radio Drama, Cabrillo College; toured six convalescent homes in Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA 

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Lonnie Elder III, UCSC Second Stage; Cabrillo College; Monterey Peninsula College 

2003 Seven Guitars, August Wilson, UCSC Second Stage; Cabrillo College; Monterey Peninsula College; Hartnell Community College; Louden Nelson Community Center

2002 Before It Hits Home, Cheryl West, UCSC Second Stage; King Middle School; Hartnell Community College; Louden Nelson Community Center

The Meeting, Actors Showcase Theater, Eight Tens @Eight – ten-minute play festival 

Liberty Lost…Lessons in Loyalty, Veteran's Hall, Watsonville, CA

2001 Blues for An Alabama Sky, Pearl Cleage, UCSC; MPC

2000 A Long Time Since Yesterday, P.J. Gibson UCSC; MPC.

1999 Gods Trombones, James Weldon Johnson, UCSC Second Stage; MPC; LCC

1998 An' Push the Wind Down, Lisa Harper, UCSC Stevenson & Crown College

1998 Fences, August Wilson, UCSC Stevenson College; Monterey Peninsula College

1997 A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller, UCSC Second Stage; MPC; LCC

1996 Conduct of Life, Maria Irene Fornes, UCSC Stevenson College; Rainbow Theater 

Building Bridges, African American Theater Arts Troupe, Oldemeyer Center, 

Tambourines to Glory, Langston Hughes, UCSC Mainstage Theater;

Louden Nelson Center; Oldemeyer Community Center

1995 Walking with the Blues, African Theater Arts Troupe, Life of Robert Lowery, Oldemeyer Center, Seaside, CA 

Once in a Wifetime, Celeste Walker, UCSC Concert Hall; Louden

Nelson Center; Oldemeyer Community Center

1994 Wine in the Wilderness, Alice Childress, UCSC Porter College (co-directed)

Joe Turner's Come And Gone, August Wilson, UCSC Stevenson College; Louden Nelson Center; Cabrillo College 

1993 Amen Corner, James Baldwin, UCSC Stevenson College; Louden

Nelson Community Center

Streamers, David Rabe, UCSC Stevenson College

1992 Ceremonies In Dark Old Men, Lonnie Elder III, UCSC Stevenson College 

1982 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is

Enuf, Ntozake Shange, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (co-directed)

1976 Going to Buffalo, Ed Bullins, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

 

Producer

1993-94 Rainbow Theater, UCSC Stevenson College

2008 Killa Dilla, Oyamo, UCSC Stevenson Center

1997 A Soldier's Story, Charles Fuller, UCSC Second Stage; Louden Nelson Center; MPC

1983 Dutchmen, Leroy Jones /Amiri Barraka, University of Southern California 

1979 In The Wine Time, Ed Bullins, Michigan State University

1978 Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Lonnie Elder III, Lansing Community College

No Place To Be Somebody, Charles Gordone, Lansing Community College

Streamers, David Rabe, Lansing Community College

1976 Black Sentinel, 101% Theater Company, Michigan State University,

1976 Nuts, James Faulkner, Lansing Community College, Boarshead Theater

1975 Dutchmen, Leroy Jones Barraka, Michigan State University

 

Sound Designer

1986 Buried Child, Sam Shepherd, Bing Theater, USC. 

The Sea Gull, Anton Chekhov, Bing Theater, USC.

1985 Seascape, Edward Albee, Bing Theater, USC. 

You Can't Take It With You, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, Stop

Gap Theater, USC. Bing Theater

1984 Candide, Bing Theater, USC.

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen, Main Theater, USC.

The Master Builder, Henrik Ibsen, Green Room Theater, U.S.C.

The Moon is Blue, F. Hugh Herbert, Green Room Theater, USC

1983 Fool For Love, Sam Shepherd, Stop Gap Theater, USC.

The Hot L Baltimore, Lanford Wilson, Stop Gap Theater, USC.

The Zoo Story, Edward Albee, Green Room Theater, USC.

1982 The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov, U.S.C. Bing Theater 

1985 Born A Unicorn, Ted Lange, Inner-city Cultural Center, Los Angeles,

Honors and Awards: 

2019 Mayor Proclamation, City of Santa Cruz, Rainbow Theater

2015 Senior Class Recognition, UCSC African American Graduating Class

2013 25 Years Outstanding Service Award, UCSC

2011 Achievement Award, Rainbow Theater The American College Theater Festival 

UCSC Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity 

2008 Presenter for Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education in Miami, Florida 

2008 20 Years of Service Award, SOMECA

2007 Certificate from NASPA Multicultural Institute 

2004 Senior Class Recognition, UCSC African American Graduating Class 

2003 Cal Grant Recipient 

2002 Cal Grant Recipient 

1997 Best Cultural Event - Rainbow Theater 

1997 Best Publicity/Outreach - African American Theater Arts Troupe 

1996-97 Hewlett Foundation Grant For Rainbow Theater 

1995 Meritorious Achievement Award, American College Theater Festival 

1995-96 African American Theater Award (Leadership), AASL. 

1995 Rainbow Theater Award, UCSC Student Affairs 

1994 Senior Class Recognition, UCSC African American Graduating Class  

1994-93 Senior Class Recognition, UCSC African American Graduating Class 

1993-92 Event of the Year Award, African American Student Life 

1992 The "Lifting As We Climb" Service Award, African American Student Li

Office Hours: 

Please see the current Faculty Office Hours and contact sheet here, or contact the department office at theater@ucsc.edu.

Mailing Address: 

University of CA Santa Cruz

Cultural Arts & Diversity 

Stevenson College

1156 High Street