HarrisCenter for the Arts Three Stages

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Three Stages

  • Fast-Track classes

    Fast-Track classes

    While most Spring classes have begun, there are a variety of classes that start throughout the semester.
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  • Scholarships

    Scholarships

    Variety of scholarship opportunities offered - deadline March 6
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  • Steps to Success

    Steps to Success

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Steps to Success event on Sat., 3/21
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  • Supporting Student Success

    Supporting Student Success

    Folsom Lake College offers a variety of free workshops to help students succeed
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  • Research Power

    Research Power

    Want to make research less painful? Check out the Folsom campus library instruction
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  • Community Observatory Invites You

    Community Observatory Invites You

    See the stars at the Community Observatory behind the El Dorado Center!
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David Williams, PhD

David WilliamsDavid Williams is the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. He came to Folsom Lake College in 2011 after many years in the Los Rios District at both American River College and Cosumnes River College. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University where he taught theatre history, critical theory, and film studies and headed the undergraduate program.

Dean Williams is a theatre historian, having received his PhD from UC Davis. His dissertation, Joint Stock and the Staging of Dialogism: Collaboration, Race, and Gender in Plays and Practice, looked at the collaborative political theatre group through the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin's formalist theories of dialogism and heteroglossia. His research included archival research into the official Joint Stock files at UC Davis together with travel to England for personal interviews with former company members. He wrote the theatre arts textbook Exploring Theatre (Pearson), is a contributor to The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre (Continuum Press, Colin Chambers, ed.), and wrote the companion CD to McGraw-Hill's textbook Film Art: An Introduction (6th edition).

Dean Williams is also an actor, theater director, and sometime trumpet player. He has two sons who enjoy the fact that their dad has his own make-up kit.