Hannah Williams currently works with The National Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) in Raleigh, NC and Theatrical Intimacy Education while freelance directing, producing, and doing intimacy choreography around Western North Carolina and the Southeastern US. As a director, she seeks out work that opens the minds of its audience and confronts our understanding of what it means to be human. She has directed a section of Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s THE MAD ONES as a member of their groundbreaking digital lab, Romeo and Juliet (Samuel-Lancaster Productions) ; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Montford Park Players); The History of the Devil (Brainchild Creative); and assistant directing Green Day’s American Idiot (Encore Theatrical Company) and the regional premiere of Once (Centre Stage). Hannah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Her performance work includes Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Parkway Playhouse), Percy in The Spitfire Grill (Dunes Summer Theatre), and Hilda in Plain and Fancy (The Round Barn Theatre). She is a proud Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Pictures of her cats can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @mshannahcat.
"As a director, I love collaboratively connecting with casts and creative teams to explore all of the layers of humanity within the text. As storytellers, it's our job not to choose the easiest option. My intimacy work heavily informs my directing practice, and my approaches are rooted in consent-based and trauma-informed practices. I believe that theatre has a unique ability to express the things we cannot say and remind us of the ways we're truly similar."