The Williams Project is a theatre ensemble that strives to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences, while paying our artists a living wage.
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Since the ensemble's founding in 2014, The Williams Project has brought epic, accessible theatre to more than 5,900 audience members in Seattle and Longview, WA. In five seasons, The Williams Project has produced Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day (Hillman City Collaboratory, 2018), Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding (Equinox Studios, 2018), James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie (Emerald City Bible Fellowship/Franklin High School, 2017), and Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending (Intiman Theatre, 2015) and The Glass Menagerie (Café Nordo, 2016). The company also has developed and shared workshop productions of Shakespeare's Henry VI (2014) and Suzan-Lori Parks's In the Blood (2015). Orpheus Descending was included on The Seattle Times list of the top ten theatre productions of 2015 and named the best play of the year by BroadwayWorld.com - Seattle. The Stranger called the 2017 production of Blues For Mister Charlie "profoundly good theater" and Misha Berson called it one of the year's "best productions" in The Seattle Times Footlight Awards column. In 2017, they moved to an entirely pay-what-you-can model of ticketing, working to remove barriers to artistic participation.
The writing of Tennessee Williams shapes the company's vision of theatrical excellence, so we strive, like him, to create theatre that is entertaining enough to make everyone feel welcome and a part of the community, ambitious enough to risk humiliating failure, and powerful enough to move people to love each other more, even in the face of the temporary nature of theatre and life.
We strive to make theatre consistent with the belief that professional artists are vital to our culture, and that such artists deserve to be compensated in a way that recognizes their value. Great theatre artists are working class heroes who sacrifice greatly to make important work, and we pay all of our artists a living wage in order to support that work.