Jan Williams, Artistic Director, worked as a professional actor in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Additionally, she served as Entertainment and Programming Director for Disney Regional Entertainment. At Disney, she hired, trained and directed 400 actors for live performances. Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in education from University of Phoenix. She is a national voice-over artist and is a member of the professional actors’ union, SAG | AFTRA.
Jan’s love for the theater began in the 4th grade when she made her debut as a talking cookbook in her school production. The audience applauded, cheered her name, and she was forever hooked. Since then, she has performed in touring productions, musicals, comedies and dramas. She discovered her zest for directing when she was hired to captain a musical revue at Red River Opry. She has directed 25 productions with Almost Famous Theatre Company and looks forward to helping the next generation of aspiring theater leaders and directors.
Jan describes directing in terms of dessert. “Why would I want a piece of key lime pie when I can have the whole pie!”
Jan’s philosophy- The true reward of directing is hearing the audience laugh at a beat or moment that you discovered and polished with the actors during rehearsal. It is watching an actor grow, in a compressed amount of time, and accomplish something new that they never imagined they could do weeks ago. It is creating a family together of aspiring artists who support each other for the enlightenment and enrichment of all who experience that sacred space…the theater.