Photo by Bill Wadman, 2019
Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway at New World Stages and The Westside Theatre as well as in theatres across the country.
His play Church & State was a 2016 NNPN Rolling World Premiere, nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance, three L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Playwriting for an Original Play, and named one of Huffington Post's TOP TEN Theatre Productions of 2016. Published by DPS, Church & State has had over 50 regional productions across 32 states since 2018, and has been optioned for a film.
Jason’s first play Handle With Care (also published by DPS) was a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it ran Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence. The play has been produced over 30 times since 2014 in the U.S. and Canada, and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Production.
Other plays include: Someone Else (World Premiere, NC Stage); Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre) and The Science of Guilt (the Daryl Roth 2). Readings: Primary Stages, The Blank, The Lark, EST, as well as developmental readings starring Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Tony nominee Alan Campbell, and film and TV star Matthew Lillard.
His play A Pound of Flesh was named a Semi-Finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. His play The Whole Shebang was named a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. The play was also named a Finalist for the 2018 InterAct Theatre Company's New Play Development Award and was one of three plays selected for a workshop reading in Florida Studio Theatre's 2018 New Play Reading Series. FST recently commissioned Jason's newest play America in One Room, a comedy-drama about what divides us and what brings us together as a nation.
Jason was a winner of the 2012 Hudson Valley Writers Workshop contest (Someone Else) and the winner of the 2011 Fixitsolife Theatre playwriting contest (The Science of Guilt).
In his other life, Jason works as a writer and producer on such TV shows as “Brain Games” on Nat Geo, "60 Days In" on A&E, "Homicide Hunter" on Discovery ID (seasons 2 and 9), and the new hit Netflix Original Series "Brainchild."
Jason lives in Manhattan with his wife, their daughter (a budding actress-singer-graphic novelist), and their rescued dog who loves chasing squirrels.
For more about Jason's work visit The New Play Exchange.