Today, we shine the spotlight on Clinton Williams, who is a featured dancer in our upcoming production of Sweet Charity.
Clinton Williams is thrilled to be making his Hillbarn debut. Originally from Austin, Tx, he obtained his BFA in Theatre: Performance & Production from Texas State University. Over the past 10 years he has worked in numerous facets in the industry including; acting, directing, development, education and more. Some of Clinton’s past roles include; Louis in Angels in America, Roger in Maple and Vine, Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas, among multiple indie-films and a spot in the ABC series My Generation. He’d like to throw some love to the production staff/cast of Charity for their patience throughout this process & thank them for accommodating his hectic schedule while founding his new company UsherIN, a mobile app dedicated to the performing arts. Stay up to date with Hillbarn and other companies in the Bay Area, download it in the App Store and Google Play. #shamelessplug
What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
I have mad respect for the dynamic duo Erica Wyman & Tracy Chiappone, so the opportunity to work with them in addition joining the talented Hillbarn community made it an easy decision.
What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
How phenomenally talented Monique Hafen (Charity) is.
When did you discover your love for the theatre?
This relationship began in high school & matured in college.
How did you get started in theatre?
Seeking an outlet in my small hometown in Texas, I auditioned for my high school’s production.
What do you love about performing on stage?
I always explain this like I explained it to my mother; “You go to church. I do theatre.” It is where I feel connected to something greater than myself & get to share in the human experience.
What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played? Why?
Each role is unique & brings it’s own set of memories but there are definitely some that stand out because of the kismet connection you share with that character. Its that whole “art reflects life or life reflects art” situation.
Most recently it is Louis from Angels in America; the themes that Kushner presents in this epic play spoke so deeply to what I was experiencing at the time as a gay male. Another is Dr. Jason Posner in W;T, a story about an ovarian cancer patient struggling with her mortality. After being cast in the role my grandmother, one of the closest people in my life, was diagnosed with cancer… three days after the show closed she passed. Talk about a tragically beautiful experience.
And then there was Duke from The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Because who doesn’t want to play a marker sniffing hillbilly with a vendetta. So fun.
If you could pick one actor/actress to perform with on Broadway, who would it be?
Give me Kevin Spacey any day.
Do you have any wacky rituals you do before curtain call?
On stage Dance Parties… I try to get the whole cast involved.
What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
My app… UsherIN. Over the past year I’ve surprised myself with my drive. I saw a gap within the performing arts industry & technology and just went for it. With ZERO programming experience I taught myself enough coding to bring UsherIN to life.
What is one fact or fun thing or special/hidden talent that we don’t know about you?
I rely very heavily on my intuition, it is usually spot on.
Don’t miss your chance to see Clinton Williams in Sweet Charity May 5-29, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.
Tickets available at hillbarntheatre.org