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Dr. Christine Williams, Associate Professor of Theatre at Lee University
Dr. Christine Williams joined the Lee University Theatre faculty in 2007 and since has directed several productions such as The Chairs, The Trojan Women, An Ideal Husband, The Mach Band Predicament, The Diary of Anne Frank, Doubt, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, The Importance of Being Earnest, 33 Variations and Tartuffe. She teaches courses in acting, dramatic history and literature, theory and costume design as well as serving as the coordinator of the theatre program. She has worked as a director, producer or designer on more than 20 college, church and community theatre productions including Little Women, The Bald Soprano, Taming of the Shrew and Man of La Mancha. As an actor, she has performed in plays such as How I Learned to Drive at the Toledo Repertoire and as a voice actor for the Colla Marionette’s US production of Guerrino Detto il Meschino at the Spoleto International Arts Festival. Chris has published several articles and book reviews on Tudor theatre history in journals such as Shakespeare and Renaissance Selected Papers, Church History and Quidditas, as well as presented papers at several national and regional conferences.
“Dr. Williams is not just a professor,” said student Kate Bosch. “She is a mother, a listener, a helper, and has had a huge impact on my life. She is the calming voice that helps me think when I can’t seem to figure things out. She is patient but firm and expects much from her students. However, her faith in you makes you want to succeed and reach farther than your goals in order to achieve excellence.”Christine Williams has worked as a director, producer or designer on more than 50 college, church and community theatre productions including Little Women, The Bald Soprano, Taming of the Shrew, Man of La Mancha(Flowertown Players, SC) and The Scarlet Letter (Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga). As an actor, she has performed in plays such as How I Learned to Drive at the Toledo Repertoire and as a voice actor for the Colla Marionette’s US production of Guerrino Detto il Meschinoat the Spoleto International Arts Festival.
“Having been her teaching assistant for 3 years and having participated in several theatre productions with her, I have seen firsthand how dedicated she is to her students and how passionate she is about her craft,” continued Bosch. “She is one professor that I want to keep in touch with in the future and constantly ask for advice because I know she cares and wants only the best for her students.”
Williams has published several articles and book reviews on Tudor theatre history and other areas of theatre in journals such as Theatre Journal, Shakespeare and Renaissance Selected Papers, Church History, Christianity and Theatre, and Quidditas, as well as presented papers at national and regional conferences. She is an officer in the Theatre as a Liberal Art focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, serves as a board member for the Tennessee Theatre Association, and serves on the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
Chris earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, and her B.A. from the University of Dallas.
Williams and her husband James have three sons, Aidan, Sean and Quinlan.