Schele Williams Director & Actress NHSMTA / NYU Faculty Coach
Schele is the associate director for “Motown the Musical,” opening on Broadway April 14, 2013 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. She shares her extensive experience of musical theatre with the students of The New Studio on Broadway at NYU where she is an adjunct professor. Schele is the co founder and executive producer of 4good Productions. She produced and directed “Defying Inequality a Celebrity Benefit for Marriage Equality” starring Jane Fonda, Cyndi Lauper, Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce and Allison Janney, a project that earned her a proclamation from the city of New York.
Recently Schele directed “Permanent Collection” at the Human Race Theatre, OH, as well as readings of “The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker,” “An Affair After Midnight” and “Pleasantville the Musical” in New York. For her direction of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” — the Ethel Waters story – Schele was awarded a second proclamation from the city of Dayton, OH. Other recent directing credits include “Great Joy!” Broadway Inspirational Voices Christmas Concert at the Bushnell Theatre, CT; “The Billboard Project” in Las Vegas, NV; Ben Vereen Concert Tour at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C; “From Broadway to Bourbon Street” at the Gershwin Theatre, NY (starring Liza Minelli and Ben Vareen); “Hairspray!” at the Weston Playhouse, VT; “Aida” at the Ogunquit Theatre, MA; “Piece” in Palo Alto, CA; “Xposed” at the Hudson Theater, NY and two other performances of “Piece” at NYMTF and NAMT!
As an actress Schele performed in tours of “Tommy,” “42nd Street” and “Porgy and Bess.” On Broadway she performed in “Aida” in the role of Nehebka (original cast) and “Aida” standby. She also performed in “Rent” as Seasons of Love soloist and Joanne understudy. Additionally, she was the Production Dance Supervisor of “Rent” for the Broadway company, two National Tours as well as the Toronto, London and Australian companies. Schele choreographed the German and Japanese Productions of “Rent.” She also appeared in the Actor’s Fund productions of “Chess” and “Hair” on Broadway.