Monica L Williams is a NYC based curator, cultural producer and theater director whose work has been presented at leading performing arts institutions across the United States including Brooklyn Academy of Music, the World Famous Apollo Theater, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Williams was Director and Co-Curator of Brooklyn Academy of Music Poetry at BAM Harvey Theater for eight years. She directed the world premiere of Game On and her Off-Broadway theater credits include Together/Far Apart, Culture Project and directing the national tour of History of the Word. She received training in theater and cross-sector art at Wright State University and New York University. Williams is an arts educator and has worked in residence at various non-profit organizations and colleges throughout the US. She currently lectures in the African American Studies Department at New York City College of Technology. With ingenuity, she applies the aesthetics of theater to cultivate new ideas, explore suspension of time, place and memory and blur the lines of what is real vs. imagined to examine human engagement within the community. African Diasporic values, traditions, and practices are explored in her work and offer a framework for collaboration in youth development, audience engagement and community transformation. She is the founder of Creative Legacy Projects, providing one-on-one support services to help bring ideas to life through partnering with innovative thinkers and cultural leaders to foster artistic engagement and design inclusive, interactive, and individualized blueprints for projects. Her latest incubation, #LOVEHUSTLE, invites global conversation about art, love, and the pursuit of dreams.
Beginning in 2013, Monica has been instrumental in leadership and staff development at Bailey’s Cafe as well as establishing routines and Core Values that infuse all aspects of the organization and its programs. Currently, she is the Artistic Director and Project Manager for our community-based performance piece As Quiet As It’s Kept.