Bio: A novelist, short story writer, playwright and screenwriter, Jamal Williams has a Master of Creative Writing from The University of San Francisco State at San Francisco. He is a Charter Member and former Executive Director of The Buriel Clay San Francisco Black Writers Workshop, * and Playwright-in-Residence of The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Company (1989-1992). He is a winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian 1st Playwriting Competition for Best Full-Length Play, 1991 (“Is You Is or Is You Ain’t”). His first novel, entitled Where Dark Things Hide, is an urban science fiction and horror novel. Jamal is a member of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop and had a new play read in the Playwright Series of the 2001 and 2003, 2009, 2017 National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina With almost 30 of his plays in productions, Jamal’s work has been staged many times in different parts of the country: San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Winston Salem, North Carolina, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and New York City His most recent and newly-scheduled productions include, “Return to Crosscreek” (R Joyce Whitley Play Festival Karamu Theatre Company, April 2004), “Ding Dong Daddy” (Blacken Blues Theatre Festival 2004, Dallas, Texas), “Yesterday Came Too Soon: The Dorothy Dandridge Story” (Los Angeles Production, February/March 2004; and Berkeley Black Repertory Company, Berkeley, California, November 2003; and National Black Theatre Festival, Winston Salem, North Carolina, August 2003); The National Black Theatre, NYC Jamal has eighteen creative works (plays and two book Novel) in print on Amazon Books. He has won numerous awards, fellowships, and scholarships. He has about thirty plays, two novels, and two full-length and two short screenplays in his biographical body of work.
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