Lecturer in Dance
Megan Williams received her BFA from the Juilliard School in 1984. After graduating, she worked in the companies of Laura Glenn, Ohad Naharin, and Mark Haim. In 1988, she joined the Mark Morris Dance Group, with whom she danced for 10 years, toured worldwide, taught, and appeared in several films, including Falling Down Stairs, The Hidden Soul of Harmony, and The Hard Nut.
Ms. Williams continues her affiliation with Mark Morris as a guest performer (recently creating and performing the role of Lady Capulet in Morris' new Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare), as guest rehearsal director, and guest teacher at the Mark Morris Dance Center. She has staged Morris' work on the Purchase Dance Company, Vassar Repertory Company, Fieldston Dance Company, the Boston Ballet, and on students at the Juilliard School and George Mason University. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Williams will be Morris’ assistant in the creation of a world premiere for the San Francisco Ballet.
In 1997, she joined Morris as his assistant in the direction and staging of Paul Simon's The Capeman, a Broadway musical starring Marc Anthony and Reuben Blades. In April 2008, at Simon's request, she was the stage director for an acclaimed concert version of The Capeman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
A member of the Conservatory of Dance modern faculty since 1999, Ms. Williams has choreographed the Purchase Nutcracker's Arabian and Mother Ginger divertissements, numerous Senior Project solos, and Carnival (2003) and Canto del Tucuman (2008) for the Purchase Dance Company.
Ms. Williams is a certified yoga teacher, and teaches Dance for Parkinson’s Disease ™ at the Rye Arts Center. She continues to perform as a solo artist, and can be seen on Richard Daniels’ app, Dances for an iPhone.
Email Megan Williams at Megan.Williams@purchase.edu