brandy c. williams is a writer, educator, advocate, and candlemaker based in chicago, illinois.
featured work & projects
The Fall Line Podcast primarily covers cases in the southeastern United States, particularly those of communities marginalized by mainstream media and investigation. Since 2017, I’ve performed content advisement for The Fall Line, an independently-produced true crime podcast which features cold cases that received little, if any, media coverage previously.
The Fall Line has been featured on a variety of publications including CNN, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Atlanta Magazine, Vulture, and more.
Performance Review (Othello: The Moor of Venice, and Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey)
As COVID-19 case numbers in the United States rose exponentially, theaters were forced to shutter their doors and halt production for the foreseeable future. As 2020 continued on and the prominence of Zoom became a daily feature of the “new normal” in the wake of an ongoing global pandemic, theater companies would take to the platform’s offerings as well. At the same time, the United States also saw a reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement in national media, marked by nationwide demonstrations in response to the May 25th murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the hands of local law enforcement. As the protests grew to include seeking justice for other Black people—across gender and class lines—killed at the hands of police, attention shifted from police brutality to anti-Black violence more broadly. Global attention turned to the political movement for the preservation of Black lives, and American consciousness focused more squarely on the subject of anti-Black racism and its pervading every facet of American society and history. …[Continue reading]
The Black Baroque Visiting Artist Series is a co-curricular series which spotlights Black theater makers who work with, against, and through baroque culture in the contemporary. Under my title of graduate intern for public programming at the Tony Award-winning Court Theatre, I was the inaugural project manager for the series.
Streamed online, the 2021 iteration featured: Bintou Dembélé (Les Indes Galantes), Keith Hamilton Cobb (American Moor), and Debra Ann Byrd (Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey).