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Ross Williams


Ross Williams ~ Artistic Director


Ross Williams founded New York Shakespeare Exchange in 2009 as a vehicle for engaging new audiences with classical theater. He is a director, teacher and performer committed to the development of highly theatrical work. For NYSX he has helmed full productions of Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John, Titus Andronicus, and Hamlet10. His longtime collaboration with playwright Kevin Brewer has provided him the opportunity to direct many original works including The One Man (Two Man (not quite)) Hamlet (NYSX, spring 2010), Island (NYSX 2012), and Jinx in the 2004 Strawberry One-act Festival (1st place). 

Ross is also the creator and executive producer of both The Sonnet Project and ShakesBEER, NYC's Original Shakespearean Pub Crawl. His work outside of the New York area includes direction of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at Neptune Theatre in Tokyo, Japan; and Resident Artist work in Salvador, Brazil at the International Festival CineFuturo. He has appeared on stage throughout North America; most notably he originated the role of Gimli the battle-axe wielding dwarf in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings musical extravaganza in Toronto. As a teacher Ross focuses on exploring the nuances of classical text with authenticity and emotional connection. He has taught in Toronto, Cleveland, Dallas and in NYC with Judith Shakespeare, Actors Shakespeare, New York Shakespeare Exchange and Red Bull Theater. He holds an MFA from the Cleveland Play House Professional Actor Training Program, and a BFA from Southern Methodist University.