Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Production Staff

DeRon S. Williams, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Assistant Professor of Theatre

Office #:  MUND 1315

Email: dwilliams41@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://www.deronswilliams.com/


DeRon S. Williams is a scholar, director-dramaturg, and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Loyola University Chicago. Before joining Loyola's faculty, he taught in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Georgia.

As a scholar of African American theatre, drama, performance, and directing techniques and pedagogies, Williams is co-editing the forthcoming anthology Contemporary Black Theatre & Performance: Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity for Methuen Drama's "Agitations: Politics, Text, Performance" series that accentuates the expansiveness of Black theatre and performance and the ways in which the usage of conventional and nonconventional performance techniques persist to function as a vehicle of activism. He is also working on a project inspired by Arthur Bartow's The Director's Voice. He has published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama.    

Williams is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC). He has staged new and canonical works, including  Crowns by Regina Taylor, The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Africa to America: A Celebration of Who We Are by Wendy R. Coleman. Dr. Williams is also a freelance dramaturg who has worked across the U.S.

In addition to his research and creative scholarship, Williams is an active member of several organizations. He serves on ATHE's Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement Award Committee and Black Theatre Association focus group.

Williams received his B.A. from Albany State University, his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.


Ph.D., Fine Arts (Theatre and Performance), Texas Tech University
M.A., Arts Administration, Eastern Michigan University
B.A., Speech & Theatre (Theatre), Albany State University