Arthur E. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre; Judicial Officer
Professor Arthur Williams has taught at Olivet College since 1998. His classes include public speaking, theatre and culture, self and community, acting, dramatic literature and Photoshop. His recent papers have dealt with the intersection of theatre and graphic novels and the development of electronic portfolios in college instruction. He has served Olivet College as director of theater, the intensive learning term, and the ePortfolio program.
Professor Williams has directed over fifty plays for college, university, and community theatre, including “The Tempest,” “The Imaginary Invalid,” “Antigone,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Godspell” and “Raisin in the Sun.” Other positions include set, sound and lighting designer. Acting roles include parts in “Uncle Vanya,” “Lysistrata,” and Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady.” He has taught workshops for children of various ages in acting and theatre production and has also judged theatrical competitions.
Professor Williams holds a doctorate in theatre from Ohio State University, with undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland. He taught in the University of Wisconsin and University of Maine systems before arriving at Olivet College.
Professor Williams is adviser to Alpha Lambda Epsilon and the Fan Club. He has been named Adviser of the Year numerous times and has been recognized by the Michigan Campus Compact for contributions to service learning. Off campus, he is involved with the Knights of Columbus and is currently Grand Knight of the Charlotte Council. Professor Williams is an avid Whovian, Trekker and overall fan of science fiction and graphic novels.