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"An audacious new take on Lorca’s classic, ¡Bernarda!, is a daring new work by Emilio Williams that remains faithful to the relevance of the original while re-imagining it for a new generation. Starring an all Latina cast and an all femme design team, Teatro Vista Productions challenges traditional forms by bringing a new perspective to this classic."
Emilio Williams is a bilingual (Spanish/English) award-winning writer and educator. His critically acclaimed plays have been produced in Argentina, Estonia, France, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
His experimental essays have appeared most recently in The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, Brevity Magazine, Writing Disorder, Hinterland Magazine, Imagined Theatres, and the anthology Beyond Queer Words 2021.
Emilio has lectured around the world and taught at several U.S. universities, including DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Georgia State University. He has been a guest artist at the University of Portland, Mary Washington University, North Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He holds a BA in Film and Video and an MFA in Writing. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists where he is also a faculty member.
He divides his time between Chicago and Paris.
"Emilio Williams enjoys a good meta-theatrical challenge."
The Washington Post
His essay "Fade to White' was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the editors of Hinterland Magazine.
In 2020, he was named Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.
In 2019, he received an MFA in Writing Teaching Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The same year he won a Fellowship Award judged by Prageeta Sharma at SAIC for his upcoming play Elektra Problematika. (Commissioned by Teatro Luna West)
His show Medea’s Got Some Issues (in the version starring Ana Asensio) won Best International Show at United Solo Festival, Off-Broadway, New York City, and the Jury’s Special Mention at Monomaffia Festival in Estonia.
In 2010, Emilio Williams’ hit comedy Camas y Mesas (Tables and Beds) was selected among 80 plays from 12 countries as the winner of the IV Premio El Espectáculo Teatral.