A native of Oakland, California, Dawn Monique Williams is drawn to heightened language, magic realism, mythology, and poetic diction. She is a resident artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she’ll direct Merry Wives of Windsor in 2017. Dawn’s recent credits include August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON and Lynn Nottage’s BY THE WAY, MEET STARK. Additionally, she’s directed a range of plays including the English language premiere of Gracia Morales’ NN12, OTHELLO, TWELFTH NIGHT, IN THE BLOOD, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, CHILDREN OF EDEN, THE 25TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORORS, BURIAL AT THEBES, MEDEA, and LA RONDE; international directing credits include Edinburgh Festival Fringe productions of SCAPIN THE CHEAT, ANNA BELLA EEMA, and THE TEMPEST Dawn is a poet, writer, and a scholar who frequently lectures on contemporary Shakespeare performance. Dawn is the recipient of a 2016 Princess Grace Award in Theatre; was awarded a Theatre Communications Group Leadership U residency grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation; a former Killian Directing Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project. She holds a MA in Dramatic Literature and an MFA in Directing. Dawn is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.