Monica L Williams is an artist, consultant and educator. Her artistic journey humbly began in midwest churches and community centers then evolved to major cultural institutions. Ms. Williams is a graduate of Wright State University (B.F.A) and New York University (M.A) in theater performance and education. Her passion for community, curiosity about culture and belief in the power of storytelling, propelled her into a career in the Arts & Humanities. She directed her first regional premiere at the age of 25 in Ohio at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati and has since premiered over 45 shows at institutions across the United States including The 'World Famous' Apollo Theater, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music where she was the Curator/Director of BAM Poetry Live (Harvey Theater) for 8 years.
She is the founder and lead cultivator of Creative Legacy Project, where she consults with executive leadership to design programs and large scale installations. Her clients are from multiple sectors including the arts, philanthropy, and higher education. She combines her skills in arts & education with social justice organizing, and has lectured and led workshops within Colleges/Universities including Mt. Holyoke College and Goucher College. She has partnered with International leaders such as Augusto Boal (Women's International League of Peace and Freedom) and with leading non-profit organizations working on the frontlines of systemic oppression like the prison industrial complex and female reproductive rights with the hope of strengthening family ties and communities. In 2013, she created #LoveHustle, an artist-led, multi-platform conversation about pursuing our dreams and living our best lives in the process. Her vision is to stage an international conversation about the ebb and flow and balance of it all. She was a Caribbean Cultural Center Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow (2016), Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow (2013) and is currently an adjunct Professor of African American Studies at New York City College of Technology.