Perhaps the most cutting-edge visualist of our time, Willie Williams works with light and visual media to create installations and performance environments. His combination of high tech media and lo-tech eccentricity first received acclaim through his work with U2, particularly their Zoo TV and PopMart tours. Williams' work with R.E.M., David Bowie, and George Michael has also been highly regarded as being both conceptually and technologically groundbreaking. Williams will be a featured speaker in the Live Design Projection Master Classes at LDI2007, November 14 and 15 in Orlando, FL.
Theatre projects include lighting and video scenery for the Little Britain Live tour, and also Pam Ann at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. He designed the lighting and video content for the musical We Will Rock You playing at theatres in seven countries worldwide and also for Barbarella at the Raimund Theatre, Vienna.
Williams has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, most notably on Sun Rings, an evening-length multimedia production commissioned by NASA. A further collaboration, 4-Cast, premiered in May 2007. Other work in the performing arts field includes designing for the legendary Montréal based dance company La La La Human Steps, the Dublin production of Hal Wilner's Came So Far For Beauty, a scenic design for Marianne Faithfull and most recently a collaboration with Laurie Anderson.
TIME magazine profiled Williams' work in September 2006 and New York’s Metropolitan Home magazine featured him in their “Design 100” issue, May 2006. He has been honored by his peers several times, most recently when the George Michael stage was included in the Creative Review annual in Spring 2007 and awarded “Best in Book.” He was awarded “Lighting Designer of the Year” at the Total Production International Awards 2006 in London. He received two nominations at the 2004 "Green Room" theatre awards in Melbourne, Australia. Total Production International also awarded him Best Lighting Designer at their 2003 awards and I magazine named him Designer of the Year for 2002. In 2001 he received an "EDDY" award from Entertainment Design magazine in New York for excellence in entertainment design. Wired Magazine ranked him as one of the "Top 25 Visionaries in Entertainment” in 2000. Lighting Dimensions International awarded him "Designer of the Year" in 1992, as did Performance Magazine in both 1992 and 1987.
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