Creating theatre should be joyous.
by Nigel Shawn Williams
Nigel Shawn Williams is the Co-Artistic Director of the Factory Theatre. He is a 4 time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner as an actor and director. His theatre credits include four seasons each at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as performing in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Montreal. His theatre career includes credits of over 20 years as an artist. As a director, Mr Williams' productions have garnered critical and artistic success, including the award-winning Brothel #9 and Tomasso’s Party at Factory Theatre. He continues to work actively as an actor and director collaborating not only at the Factory Theatre, but with theatre companies throughout Canada. Mr. Williams is also heavily active in new play development and has helped develop over 40 new plays either working as an actor, director or a dramaturge. He is also an educator, having taught courses at both York University and the University of Windsor. He has been, and continues to mentor young and emerging artists through the difficult transition from training schools to professional life.
I’m once again learning from them
I had heard too many stories of actors being in an abusive rehearsal hall, or in an atmosphere that was not collaborative, or of the creative process being dictated. Creating theatre should be joyous. I believe I started directing in order to give artists a safe and healthy place to work; in which one could work hard, laugh a lot, and where everyone’s contribution is valid and heard. I wanted to become a director so we could tell stories together, fall in love with telling stories again, and make that love infectious for the audience. I truly believe, still, that theatre can change people’s lives.