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Schele Williams,

Schele is a director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work with authentic representation. She has directed on Broadway and at regional theaters and festivals across the country. Acting credits include Aida, tours of Rent, The Who’s Tommy, and 42nd Street as well as appearing on Broadway in Actor’s Fund productions of Chess and Hair. Schele’s long history of Broadway directing encompasses Associate Choreographer on the North American and international tours of Rent, Associate Director of Motown: The Musical, reconceiving and directing the national tour of the show, and the associate director of Porgy and Bess on its European tour. She has a long association with Aida, having originated the role of Nehebka in the show’s first incarnation and is currently directing Aida’s upcoming Broadway revival (Disney Theatrical Group). In future, she will be directing The Wiz and the premieres of Mandela, the Musical, Indigo, and will be helming Hidden Figures, currently in development (Disney Theatrical Group). Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. Schele is the author of the highly praised book for young people, Your Legacy, A Bold Reclaiming of Our History, a proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors. Schele has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as Chairperson of the Board. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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