Accomplished actor, playwright and author Walter Williamson, a 1968 Louisburg College alumnus whose film credits include appearances in “Mr. Deeds” and “The Longest Yard,” will serve as Artist-In-Residence on campus during the spring 2016 semester. Williamson will serve as a guest lecturer in classes, collaborate with students and faculty, and stage the world premiere of his new play at the college.
Williamson’s film, television and theatre credits are numerous. In addition to “Mr. Deeds” and “The Longest Yard,” Williamson has played supporting roles in “Richard III” with David Carradine and “The Muse” with Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone. He has appeared as a guest star on television shows, including “Greek” (ABC Family Channel), “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (FOX) and “Slave Ship” (Discovery Channel). His off-Broadway theatre credits include roles as Thesius in “Oedipus Cycle” and Senator in “Call Me Madam.”
A talented author, Williamson has written nearly a dozen screenplays, including “Jay’s Heart,” the story of a father and son who face a heart transplant while remembering the death of another son, and “All,” the story of a female priest who uncovers a scandal and brings down a corrupt bishop. His stage plays include “The Meditations of Four Fathers,” which toured nationally from 1988 to 2005, and “King Edward The Seventh: Victoria’s Boy,” which is currently in development and will premiere at Louisburg College during Williamson’s residency. Williamson has also written nine books, including “Bobby On Broadway” and “Behind The Scenes,” which examines backstage professions in the theatre industry.
Williamson studied theater at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to Louisburg. He studied under Professor R.J. VerSteeg, appearing in various roles, winning statewide awards and earning the Taylor Dramatic Award at the college. He was later selected as one of only five Americans to audition at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He would go on to begin his professional acting career at The Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., before a stint as a founding member of the first professional company at The Virginia Museum Theater in Richmond, where he acted and taught.
His visit as an artist-in-residence will be sponsored by Louisburg College and by a generous grant from the Franklin County Arts Council, as well as the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Funding for his residency also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. Williamson will make himself available to area churches, service organizations, and community centers for performances of “The Meditations of Four Fathers” at local venues. Please call Wally Hurst, Director of the Norris Theatre at Louisburg College, at (919) 497-3429 to arrange a performance.
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