Graduate Student Spotlights

Karl Williams

Educational Theatre

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
The opportunity to share theatre practices and do research in two great cities for this field was hard to ignore. Obviously New York City with its melting pot of arts and education and people, and London through the study abroad summer course was a priceless bonus. I also appreciated what I felt was a vigorous recruitment process as I was scouted in my home country of Jamaica by faculty member Christina Marin when we met at an international theatre conference. She followed up with me and the rest is history.
My favorite course:
Mask and Puppetry
My biggest challenge is:
the first step in any new project
My favorite blog:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To improve my academic profile
The worst gift I've ever received:
some cheap card from an ex
The most obscure research I've ever done:
Reading about toes and toe nail care
The professor who influenced me the most:
Joe Salvatore
What I do to de-stress:
The place I would most like to visit is:
My secret passion is:
being a painter and a dj in a club
My favorite line from a song is:
What's the sense of trying to hard to find your dreams without someone to share them with

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Kingston, Jamaica
What are your plans after you graduate?
Continue: teaching drama to a wide range of populations, acting, writing plays, directing and researching anything that will improve myself and the field,
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
The Lorraine Hansberry Artistic Fine Arts Award - NYU NIA Award, The Don & Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship - The American Association for Theatre and Education, Was invited to join the Lamda Theta Honor Society
Community Service and Other Activities:
Rehabilitation Through The Arts - a volunteer drama program at Woodbourne Correctional Facility through NYU's Educational Theatre Department Drama Facilitator at Harlem Youth Intervention and Development After School Program through YAFFA Inc ESL/Drama Intern: We Are New York - NYU/New York City Mayor's Office of Adult Education, Volunteer Artistic Director for Braata Productions - A non-profit company promoting Caribbean Arts and Culture, Volunteer Performer and Dramaturg - We Three KIngs Celebration in East Harlem - El Museo del Barrio