Arts & Humanities Faculty
Professor Arthur Williams has taught at Olivet College since 1998. His classes include public speaking, theatre and culture, self & community, acting, dramatic literature, and photoshop. 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.
Prof. 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 given workshops for children of various ages in acting and theatre production, as well as judging theatrical competition.
Prof. 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.
Prof. Williams is advisor to Alpha Lambda Epsilon and the Fan Club. He has been named Advisor 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. Prof. Williams is an avid Whovian, Trekker, and overall fan of science fiction and graphic novels.