About Emilio Williams – Writer, Director, Teacher
Bilingual Spanish/English writer and educator, Emilio Williams is an MFA candidate in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is also an Instructor of Record, Writing Fellow and a Resource Manager for its Writing Program. This fall he is teaching his undergraduate class “Fish-out-of-water: Creativity for Outsiders.” Emilio has received critical acclaim for his madcap comedies that satirically subvert both the theatrical canon and the audience’s expectations. His work resides in a unique universe that combines commercial accessibility with alternative and experimental aesthetics. He is committed to writing stellar roles for underrepresented actors.
In the last eleven years, Emilio has written ten plays and received seven world premieres, two of them published. Those seven plays have received a total of seventeen different productions around the globe including in his native Spain, France, UK, Estonia, Argentina, Mexico and the United States, as well as performances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and at the University of Tennessee.
His work has received two international awards, including the IV Premio El Espectáculo Teatral selected among eighty plays from twelve countries. Emilio has lectured internationally and has been a visiting artist in several U.S. universities including University of Wisconsin/Madison, University of Virginia, Mary Washington University and University of Portland.