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Karl OBrian Williams

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Karl O’Brian Williams: MA Educational Theatre – New York University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and BA English - University of the West Indies, and a Certificate in Acting Shakespeare - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His acting career has taken him from stages in the Caribbean to those in New York, Toronto and the UK. As a playwright he has had success in his native Jamaica winning the award for Best New Jamaican Play for The Black That I Am and Not About Eve in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He has directed productions spanning both, community and commercial theatre and owes much of his love and training for directing to working with young people. Williams’ passion for theatre and education has propelled his work with students of all ages and abilities. He is currently an instructor in the speech and theatre department at The Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), and the artistic director for Braata Productions’ Braata Theatre Workshop. Williams directed the event “7 Issues, 7 Speakers, 7 Minutes,” the featured event for New York University’s MLK Week – in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. The main speaker was famed scholar and activist Dr. Cornel West. He has shared the stage with Harry Belafonte, and the late historian and activist Howard Zimm, and today still pursues artistic projects that interrogates socio-political issues, especially those emerging from the land of his birth.