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Jeremy Williams: Producer Highlights


Convergences Theatre Collective

CTC stands as a critically acclaimed and award-winning community of independent makers and visionaries. Established in 2008 as a pioneering hybrid group with a presence both online and in-person, CTC is dedicated to fostering the research and development of innovative theatrical works. In my role as Producing Director, I spearhead operational activities, oversee artistic development, and champion our vibrant community. As the driving force behind CTC, I have played a pivotal role in designing processes and agreements that provide unwavering support to makers and visionaries at every stage of their creative journey — from ideation through production. Learn more about development process in our 4-part blog series.



My responsibilities also extend to orchestrating artist residencies and incubators, aimed at propelling the artistic evolution of projects while fostering professional development for artists, makers, and educators as collaborative leaders. Outcomes of my leadership as Producing Director:

  • Guided a collective process dedicated to telling authentic stories through over 150 groundbreaking theatrical productions. These productions serve as a reflection of the diversity inherent in the American experience, employing inclusive practices to amplify underrepresented voices.

  • Successfully produced and presented productions and events in 8 U.S. cities, as well as internationally in Montreal, Canada, and Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and Vera Cruz, Mexico, broadening our impact on a global scale.

  • Pioneered a digital and hybrid producing model that has cultivated a dedicated global audience spanning 6 continents and 46 countries, underscoring CTC's commitment to innovation and accessibility in the realm of theater.


Along with leading the creative development, I have been the primary storyteller, crafting story cycles to build audience, engage communities, and inspire participation. Below are examples of five storytelling cycles that invite the audience into the worlds of the creators and artists. These cycles bridge creators and audiences, fostering a vibrant, interactive community.



Project Unspeakable

A series of videos building support for Project Unspeakable, a play by Court Dorsey about the 1960’s assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy. Supporters include actor Martin Sheen, Abdullah H. Abdur-Razzaq, African American activist and Muslim known for being one of Malcolm X's most trusted associates, Senator Cynthia McKinney, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, singer-songwriter Evelyn Harris, and playwright and activist V (formerly Eve Ensler). Series created and produced by Jeremy Williams.


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A Mexican Affair

A collection of short videos including interviews with creator Rafa Reyes and music director Felipe Fournier (Latin Grammy Winner), behind the scenes in rehearsals, and selections from live performances from the Latin-jazz cabaret. Videos produced by Jeremy Williams


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Building BABEL

A series of videos including improvisations, acro and dance rehearsals, and interviews with company members of BABEL, created by WT McRae and Jeremy Williams.


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Through the Lens

Celebrating 10 Years of CTC projects through the lens of photographers Ben Gabbe, Lloyd Mulvey, and Alex Miles Younger. Video series created and produced by Jeremy Williams.


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Questioning Artists

A podcast created and hosted by Kate Michael Gibson and produced by Jeremy Williams featuring CTC artists. Opening song written and performed by Kate Jaworski Rodell with cover art by Natalie Loveland.


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Enthusiastic Events! with The Dance Enthusiast


Enthusiastic Events! provide unforgettable experiences by inviting artists and prime movers from related fields to the same party. A cross between a salon performance, panel discussion, and a gathering at your best friend's home, the masters formally share their history, creations, ideas, and methods, with our audience, and then all are welcomed to converse and mingle over delicious snacks. Our emphasis is to help people feel “at home” with dance; to illustrate dances connection to the larger world, and to cultivate audiences for dance by offering them insider experiences with the form.


Created and hosted by Christine Jowers, Editor-in-Chief of The Dance Enthusiast and produced by Jeremy Williams. The sold-out events took place at Gibney in NYC between 2014 - 2016 and were generously supported in part by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation as well as with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.




Dance on Broadway Stages & Screen Special Guests:

  • Nikki Feirt Atkins, Founder/Artistic Director of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century

  • Chet Walker, Director/Choreographer (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Astaire Award winner Tony nominee PIPPIN)

  • Ellenore Scott , So You Think You Can Dance, CATS Broadway Revival


DANCE: Island to Island - Moving Caribbean in New York City Special Guests:

  • Candace Thompson/ Trinidad and Tobago, Founder of Dance Caribbean Collective

  • Nélida Tirado/ Puerto Rico, World Renowned Flamenco Artist/Creator of Dime Quién Soy (Tell Me Who I am)

  • Nadia Dieudonné/ Haiti, Acclaimed Afro-Haitian Dancer and Choreographer and Director of Feet of Rhythm, a Haitian Folkloric Dance Company

  • Davalois Fearon/ Jamaica, Recognized in 2015 by prominent dance writers Wendy Perron and Charmaine Warren as one of the best and most memorable performers of the year. Founder/Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance


Dance Art Fusion Family Party Special Guests:

  • Hu Bing, a visual artist who is known for transforming the oppression she experienced during China's Cultural Revolution into ethereal art

  • Chrybabie Cozy, a Harlem, NYC entertainer and founder of the LiteFeet Nation --a hub to the new direction of Hip-Hop

  • The Brooklyn Ballet, who reflects a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to ballet with its artistic director Lynn Parkerson

  • Cheryl McGinnis, art dealer and curator, who advocates for arts accessibility to the public


Dance as Empowerment Special Guests:

  • Lucija Stojevic, director of the film, “La Chana”

  • David Leventhal, Director of Dance for PD®️(parkinson's disease) whose work was featured in Dave Iverson's film "Capturing Grace"

  • Flamenco artists, Sonia Olla and El Bola


Dance & Fashion Special Guests:

  • The Martha Graham Dance Company

  • Janet Eilber, artistic director of MGDC

  • Valerie Steele, the curator and director of the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Reid Barthelme, sought after dance and fashion designer.

 

Building Demand for the Arts with the Doris Duke Foundation


The Building Demand for the Arts program (2013-2021) supported organizations and artists in joint efforts to ignite interest and engagement in jazz, theater and/or contemporary dance from their communities. This program is predicated on the beliefs that artists are key connectors to communities, and that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative new ways to attract and engage audiences. These grants also promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists.


The Building Demand for the Arts program launched in 2013 as part of a larger, ten-year special initiative through which Doris Duke Foundation earmarked $50 million for the performing arts above its existing funding. With this final cohort of grantees, the program will have awarded a combined total of more than $6.6 million to 90 teams of artists and organizations. As Program Manager from 2016-2021, I managed a program portfolio of approximately $4.5 million with 56 teams of artists and organizations working with communities in 17 U.S. cities through three rounds of grantmaking:

  • Exploration (2016) supporting 18 pairs of artists and organizations totaling $800,000 in grants.

  • Implementation (2016-2019) supporting 24 pairs of artists and organizations totaling $2,430,000 in grants.

  • Deepening Practice (2020-2021) supporting 14 pairs of artists and organizations totaling $1,300,000 in grants.


My role included program and reporting design, learning and evaluation, mentorship, managing grant agreements, ensuring compliance, overseeing financial reporting, and cultivating a vibrant peer learning community. This community flourished through grantee convenings at notable venues like Duke Farms in New Jersey (2016), New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center (2017), Gibney in NYC (2020) which included a Artist Showcase, and a virtual gathering in 2021, attracting over 150 participants, including artists and institutional leaders, united in their pursuit of innovative approaches to audience building and community engagement in the arts.


BDA Final Summary Doc
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Developmental Evaluation Toolkit

  • Innovatively designed and implemented a custom Developmental Evaluation Plan toolkit and process for grantees.

  • Significantly elevated evaluation practices across organizations of all sizes, leading to data-rich project reporting.

  • Empowered grantees to successfully leverage the toolkit for securing new funding and community support, ensuring the sustainability of projects beyond the program's scope.


Read a selection from the workbook which includes the introduction, table of contents, and appendix:

BDA DP Devlopmental Evaluation Plan Overview
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COVID-19 Response and Project Pivoting

Authored the “Pivot Guide: Transmedia Storytelling” workbook, providing critical support to grantees during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the Introduction:

  • Guided all 14 grantee projects through successful completion of the program, demonstrating increased capacity as producers adaptable to unconventional performance venues and storytelling processes.

  • Achieved remarkable outcomes for grantees, including notable increases in audience numbers, funders, and community partners, surpassing original project goals.

BDA Deepening Practice was designed with the recognition that the work of building demand is on-going and not dependent upon one performance, project, or season. With the final round we have been asking questions about how we can deepen our demand building practices. COVID-19 has created a global disruption of “business as usual’. Rather than moving forward as planned, we will adapt our plans to respond to the present and near-term future through exploration: how can we build demand for the arts during a time of pandemic?
Hybrid Reality: consider the future where we will engage in a greater range of activities in-person as well as online. This hybrid reality will include a mix of online, remote, and in-person with personal distancing protocols happening on multiple stages.
How can we come together in safe and creative environments to share experiences?
In crisis response mode, we collectively turned to online platforms as our primary means of collaboration, work, and social connection. It felt like someone flipped a switch from IRL (in real life) to digital. This is a false metaphor. The switch did flip on the ​need t​o transition from IRL to online, but we did not prepare our teams, audience, and community to make this transition. There is a common set of assumptions in place:
  • We are all online

  • Everyone has internet at home

  • Everyone has devices that connect online

  • Everyone is comfortable using devices and online platforms in place of IRL

  • Talking to your family on FaceTime and WhatsApp is the same as using Zoom in collaborative and creative work sessions

  • Transitioning from IRL to experience performing arts online is a simple, straightforward process - flip the switch.


These assumptions are not only false, they also reveal a privileged perspective. Many people are online, but not everyone. Home internet access is widely available, but not everyone can afford it. A lot of people own or have access to devices that connect to the internet, but not everyone. While online experiences like “binge watching” and posting on social media can be fun, online experiences do not replace live, in-person events. And yes, some of us have been exploring video chats with FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp for many years. But we have not been using these tools for daily collaboration, creativity, and productivity as a team and community.
Transitioning from IRL to online is a process of adaptation. It requires a team to collaboratively to imagine, design, and explore. This guide is a tool to support your thinking.

Access the full guide here:


BDA Pivot Guide: Transmedia Storytelling
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BDA Final Thoughts

Selection from Jeremy's final program report:

For Performing Arts in the 21st century, the process - how we work - is equal to a production, concert, or program. At times, process is of greater importance to artists, audience, and communities. Organizations and institutions should reflect and provide support that aligns with the essential needs of artists, audience, and communities.

Organizations and individuals who continue practices and systems that perpetuate oppression, privilege, and exclusivity reflect 19th and 20th century models and modes of operation based in capitalism rather than being rooted in artistic practices and traditions that are in dialogue with communities.

21st century practices are inclusive, embody equity, and make space for diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities. They also embrace technology as a means to expand stages and connect communities in meaningful ways.

Everyone involved - individuals and organizations - must be committed to advancing artistic excellence and innovation through non-transactional processes and systems. We advance when we rely upon processes and systems grounded in transformation and multifaceted support.

 

Producing History

Convergences Theatre Collective

Major productions, programs, and projects as Producing Director (2008 - present)

Year

Title or Program Name

Description

Venue(s)

Location(s)

2023 - Present

Portrait of an Artist in a Safe Space

An 18-month virtual incubator supporting artists making new works live and online.

CTC Digital Studio

online

2014 - present

The Woman Who Was Me

A play for one woman by Peter Grandbois performed by Liz Stanton. Innovative Theatre Award winner.

Performing Arts Center at Naropa Univ, TheaerLab, United Solo Festival at Theatre Row,

NYC, Boulder, CO + online

2016 - present

Bubbling Waters

A trio of plays and stories that look at the lives and contributions of Black New York beyond and before the Harlem Renaissance.



2019 - 2020

Celebrate Oaxaca

Bohemia Clandestina Concert Series, Magia de los Textiles, Dia de Muertos Online

Hotel Casa Divina, Teatro Teatro Macedonio de Alcalá

Oaxaca de Juarez + online

2018 -2019

I'mmigrants

A new dance-theater work by Leo Able exploring human migration and immigration.

Bernie West Black Box, Dixon Place

NYC

2018 - 2019

Independent Producing: Support Proceeds Movement

Graduate course in producing for the Arts Admin program.

Baruch College

NYC + online

2018 - 2019

CTC Artist Residency

A 5-week residency for multiple artists developing new theatrical works

Bernie West Black Box

NYC

2013-14 + 2019

From the Realm of the Shadow

Workshop production of Chris Mohr's operatic dance drama and further development as a feature film.

Theater at the Riverside Church

NYC + online

2015 -2019

Nahoonkara

2016 Script Development Lab focused on characters and dialogue. 2019 Theatrical Development Lab focused on creating the theatrical worlds of the play.

Cameo Studios (NYC), Denison University

NYC, Denison, OH + online

2010 - 2019

New Play Reading Series

Bitter Waters by Kaleda Davis (2016), The Custom of the Country adapted by Taavo Smith & Jeremy Williams (2010), D'arc Water by Kate Kohler Amory (2017), Gertie's Garden by Erin Duer (2016), Nahoonkara by Peter Grandbois (2015 & 2016), Nina with Boris by Ross Pasquale & Jeremy Williams (2012, 2014), Suicide on Pennsylvania Avenue by Susan Ferrara (2011), The Shore by Kate Michael Gibson (2011), Wait for Me by Mark Snyder (2016)

Cameo Studios, Shetler Studio Theatre, TheaterLab

NYC + online

2019

Development: Fundraising and the Creative Process

A community learning event connecting creative development and fundraising.

Bernie West Black Box

NYC

2019

Through The Lens

A 4-part video series featuring photos from CTC's archive. Created for our 10th Anniversary

YouTube

online

2015 - 2018

A Mexican Affair

A jazz Cabaret celebrating the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico through songs and stories.

NYC: Alvin Ailey Studios, Casita Maria, Metropolitan Room, TheaterLab, The Paper Factory Hotel, Washington Square Park; Argenta Contemporary Theater (AR), Mexico: Casino Español de Córdoba & Centro de Exposición

multiple

2018

Art & Activism

An evening exploring the intersection of art and activism with the artists of CTC.

Bernie West Black Box

NYC

2018

Questioning Artists

A podcast exploring the creative process with CTC collaborators.

SoundCloud

online

2013 -2017

BABEL

An acrobatic-dance theater piece exploring The Tower of Babel Myth from The Bible

Central Park (NYC), Flushing Town Hall (Queens), Gibney (NYC), TheaterLab (NYC), Theater at the 14th St Y (NYC)

NYC

2017

Secret City Cabaret

Performance party and cabaret.

The Paper Factory Hotel

Queens, NY

2013 - 2016

Project Unspeakable

Script Development and Theatrical Development Labs for a new play by Court Dorsey.

Gibney, Punto Space, TheaterLab

NYC + online

2016

The Bacchae in Vocal Extremes

Works-in-Progress showcase of Liz Stanton's work for extend voice.

Estrogenius Festival

NYC

2016

Winter Performance Suite

A mini-festival featuring A Mexican Affair, BABEL, and The Woman Who Was Me

Gibney & TheaterLab

NYC

2009 - 2014

Shameless

A dance theater work inspired by Miss Julie co-created by Kate Kohler Amory and Jeremy Williams

DANY Studios, Gibney, One Arm Red Theater

NYC

2010 - 2011

Ghosts of Troy

Devised theater inspired by the histories of Troy created by Kate Kohler Amory and students.

Salem State University

Salem, MA + online

2008 + 2011

Three Sisters/ God Grant It All Works Out

Dance theatre/Butoh performance inspired by Chekhov's Three Sisters

Boulder International Fringe Festival (CO)l & Dixon Place (NYC)

multiple

2009 - 2010

Custom of the Country

Adaptation by Taavo Smith and Jeremy Williams. 2019 table read. 2010 Staged Reading

CAB 21 Back Box, Shetler Studios

NYC

2009 - 2010

Uncle Vodka

Devised theatre inspired by Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Beckett's Endgame.

Mabou Mines

NYC

2015

Preview Party for the Winter Performance Suite

A performance party to preview CTC's Winter Performance Suite

Alvin Ailey Studios

NYC

2010

Butoh & Beyond

An evening of short works exploring Butoh in theater, dance, and performance art

TheaterLab

NYC

2011

Vanya Solo

A solo play by Taavo Smith inspired by Chekhov's Uncle Vanya

Salem State University

Salem, MA

2008 - 2010

Darger

A devised theatrical work exploring the life of artist Henry Darger. Supported by the American Folk Art Museum.



2008

The Space Between

Solo Butoh-dance-theater performance created by Jeremy Williams

Thrust Theater at the University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

2008

Inanna

Workshop production of Peggy Firestone's adaptation of the ancient Sumerian myth

Event Center at Naropa University

Boulder, CO


History of Independent Producing (2007 - present)

Year

Program Name/ Title

Description

Role

Organization/ Venue

Location(s)

2014 - 2023

Arts Program

National funder supporting Contemporay Dance, Jazz & Theater

Program Consultant & Producer

Doris Duke Foundation

NYC

2014 - 2022

Building Bridges Program

National funder supporting storytelling projects that support well-being between U.S. Muslims and their neighbors.

Program Consultant & Producer

Doris Duke Foundation

NYC

2012 - 2022

Revealing Dances

Audiences are invited to experience the creative process of making dances. Co-created with Melisa Riker.

Co-Producer/ Facilitator

2X2 Studio, Adelphi University, John Jay College, TheaterLab, Riverside Park

multiple

2014 - 2016

Enthusiastic Events Series

Creating unforgettable experiences by inviting artists and prime movers from related fields to the same party.

Producer

The Dance Enthusiast

NYC + Online

2012-2016

Engaging Dance Audiences

A program that enabled dancemakers to explore and research methods of engaging audiences for dance, learn from peers, and share the learning nationally.

Facilitator & Webinar Producer

Dance/USA

multiple

2012 - 2015

Secrets & Seawalls

Site-specific dance theater work developed and performed in multiple locations in NYC.

Consultant & Facilitator

Kinesis Project dance theater

multiple

2013 - 2014

Dancentricity

DANCentricity invites high school students to explore the creative process by learning about and actively engaging with a professional choreographer. A Cycle of interrelated workshops center around the premiere of the choreographer’s latest work.

Producer

Gibney

NYC

2013

Dividing Line

World premiere of a new full length work by choreographer Gina Gibney.

Producer

French Institute Alliance Française

NYC

2008

23 Seconds on John Cage

Created by SITI Company members exploring the work and life of composer John Cage.

Associate Producer

ATLAS Center

Boulder, CO

2007

Beckett/Butoh

Butoh artist Katsura Kan's new work exploring three plays by Samuel Beckett in movement, image, and technology./

Associate Producer

ATLAS Center

Boulder, CO


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