HarrisCenter for the Arts Three Stages

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  • Sign up for Spring

    Sign up for Spring

    Find your success - enroll now! Spring classes start Jan. 17. Click on the photo to get started.
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  • Textbook Scholarships

    Textbook Scholarships

    Scholarship drawing for $250 towards your textbooks- deadline to enter is Jan. 7
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  • Name the Falcon

    Name the Falcon

    Help us name the Folsom Lake College mascot!
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  • Class schedule now online

    Class schedule now online

    The Spring class schedule is online now! Click on the photo for more info.
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  • Winter Break

    Winter Break

    The college will be closed for Winter Break Dec. 24-Jan. 1.
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  • Auditions for Spring Play

    Auditions for Spring Play

    Falcon’s Eye Theatre auditions for its spring production of "Cloud Nine" Mon., Feb. 2
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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.