Lee University’s Dr. Christine Williams has been elected to positions of leadership with the Tennessee Theatre Association.
Dr. Williams first entered the TTA in 2016, serving as an East Tennessee representative. Shortly thereafter, she stepped into the chair position of TTA’s Theatre for Youth, coordinating events which hosted hundreds of children and youth at annual TTA conferences.
“I believe it is vital to introduce young children to the art of theatre, so I have a soft spot for theatre for youth,” said Dr. Williams. “Not only does it raise up potential artists, but it also introduces young people to an art that is designed to foster empathy and understanding of others’ lives, which are vital aspects of our society.”
This year, Dr. Williams was elected to be the TTA’s president-elect for the next two years. As president-elect, Williams will be in charge of planning and running the 2019 and 2020 TTA conferences, which feature a myriad of elements including theatre for youth performances, both high school and community theatre festivals, workshops, keynote speakers, and screening auditions for new actors.
Beginning in 2021, she will transition to the role of TTA president for two years, followed by two years as past president.
“I am honored to have been elected to this position,” said Dr. Williams. “I am looking forward to planning two exciting conferences and leading the TTA as it works to serve our theatre practitioners and patrons in Tennessee.”
Since joining the Lee faculty in 2007, Dr. Williams has directed several student productions including “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “Tartuffe.” Serving as associate professor of theatre, she teaches courses in acting, dramatic history and literature, theory, and costume design, as well as serving as the coordinator of the theatre program.
The Tennessee Theatre Association was founded in 1968 with the aid of a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. It provides members with workshops, programs, and seminars, as well as the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from theatre professionals both within and outside of Tennessee.
For more information about the Tennessee Theatre Association, visit https://www.tntheatre.org/