Justine Williams

2011, My New Best Friend

Justine Williams is the co-artistic director of and a performer with The Glass Contraption, a NY-based devised-theater ensemble. Her theater credits include: I Go Grootvlei! (Topsy Center, South Africa), CLOWNS (The Public Theater/NY Clown Theater Festival), Ted (National Arts Festival, South Africa/NY Clown Theater Festival/Ars Nova), Curiosities (Gowanus Arts), Animals' Heads (The Kitchen), Triumph and Disaster (Jalopy Theater), and Facedancing, a short film (dir. Gina Hirsch, official selection of the Maryland Film Festival). Other regional and New York credits include: Journey to the Ocean (Foundry Theater, dir: Aya Ogawa); Murder in the Cathedral (Hoi Polloi/dir. Alec Duffy); Brecht’s GalileoIllyria and Child’s Christmas in Wales (Shakespeare Theater of NJ); Big Life and Child’s Country (Tmu-Na Theater of Israel/Edinburgh Fringe winners); Lorca’s Don Cristobol, Billy-Club Man (St. Ann’s Warehouse/HERE, dir. Erin Orr), The Illusion (Chautauqua Theatre), The Phoenecian Women (The Ohio), Frankenstein (LaMama), Beyond the Horizon (Brick Theater, dir. Chi-wang Yang), Comfort and Safety (International WOW Company, dir: Josh Fox), and readings with Young Playwrights, Rattlestick, Chautauqua and others. Justine devised, wrote and performed in an original solo show, Falfurious, first developed at Brown University with Lowry Marshall and later presented at The Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival in NYC, her play, Dogs Can Fly (Irish Repertory Theater, dir. Evan Cabnet) and the short film, The Mechanism (dir. Evan Cabnet). For the past 12 years, Justine has trained extensively in clown/bouffon/commedia/le jeu with Philippe Gaulier, Christopher Bayes, Jane Nichols and many other master teachers. She teaches clown and ensemble-devised theater both locally and abroad and is a guest lecturer and published writer on topics of Theater and Community. Education: Brown University (BA/Theatre Studies), The Actors Center (Conservatory Graduate), and The New School (MA in International Affairs with a focus on Community-Based Theater and Development).