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Jason Odell Williams

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An Emmy Award nominee, Jason’s plays include CHURCH & STATE (Off-Broadway, New World Stages, 2017, published by DPS, 68 regional productions, Henry Award Winner for Best Play, Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Award Nominee for Best New Play, named one of Huffington Post's Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2016, NNPN Rolling World Premiere), HANDLE WITH CARE (Off-Broadway, The Westside Theatre, 2013-14, NY Times Critics’ Pick, published by DPS, over 30 regional productions, Theatre Bay Area Award Winner for Best Play), SOMEONE ELSE (NC Stage), DIVISION STREET and ON THE MARKET (JCC CenterStage), BALTIMORE IN BLACK & WHITE (the cell theatre), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (Semi-Finalist, PlayMaker Rep’s Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition; Semi-Finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival), A POUND OF FLESH (Semi-Finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival), and AMERICA IN ONE ROOM (Florida Studio Theatre, published by TRW Plays). He’s currently writing a new musical called THE SOUND (Semi-Finalist, 2023 National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Festival) with his wife and collaborator, Charlotte Cohn, and composer Christian Douglas. Jason was the winner of the Hudson Valley Writers Workshop contest and a Finalist for the McKnight National Residency and Commission.  On television, Jason’s work as a writer and producer has been seen on National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery, and Netflix. Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Jason currently lives in New York City with his wife and their 17 year old daughter - a budding artist, naturally.

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