Studio: Spaceworks Long Island City
Based In: Brooklyn
Website: Shakespeare Exchange
ROSS WILLIAMS is a theater director, teacher, and performer committed to the development of highly theatrical work. In 2009 he founded New York Shakespeare Exchange as vehicle for engaging new audiences with classical theater. As the company’s Producing Artistic Director, Ross has created numerous shows including a critically‐acclaimed adaptations of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Life and Death of King John. Currently, he is directing a new adaptation of Hamlet (opening March 23, 2016) which features a diverse ensemble of 10 actors creating the title role.
In 2012, Ross introduced the world to the now internationally‐renowned The Sonnet Project (www.SonnetProjectNYC). This massive tapestry of cinematic art explores each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets as a short film, each created by a different group of artists/actors. The project has been recognized across the world, including a special commendation from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. Prior to diving into the world of directing and producing, Ross appeared on stage throughout North America; most notably he originated the role of Gimli the battle‐axe wielding dwarf in The Lord of the Rings musical extravaganza in Toronto. MFA – Cleveland Play House Professional Actor Training Program; BFA – Southern Methodist University.