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danny williams - st louis repretory

An experienced arts administrator, Danny Williams was named The Rep’s Managing Director in
January 2022. Danny brings to this position expertise in nonprofit accounting, senior
management, and organizational development.

Prior to joining The Rep, Danny worked at The Public Theater in New York, where he served
in various roles from 2006 to 2021. In his final role at The Public as Senior Director, Finance
and Administration, he managed the daily and strategic financial operations of the $50 million
nonprofit organization, successfully launched an organization-wide intranet, partnered with
the development team to achieve fundraising goals, and collaborated on long-term financial
planning and analysis, including cash investment strategies, budget analysis, and project
management. Noteworthy and favorite productions Danny worked on at The Public include
Broadway: Fun Home, Eclipsed, Hamilton, and Hair; Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love, Into the
Woods, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, White Noise, and Rock Bottom.

Danny serves on the National Planning Committee for The Professional Non-Profit
Theatre Coalition, working to promote lasting governmental partnership to support
arts education, and workforce development and infrastructure needs in theatres
across the country. He has also participated in panels at national conferences for
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and Tessitura Network.

Before working in arts administration, Danny had a career as a performer and was notably
featured in the 2002 Westport Country Playhouse pre-Broadway production of Our
Town starring Academy Award winner, Paul Newman. He also performed extensively as an
improvisor at various venues in New York. Williams directed several NY Fringe Festival
productions including Gated and Yellow Brick Wall, both written by Marisa Marquez. From
2017-2019, Danny was an Executive Producer with the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center
(WMPAC) in Big Sky, Montana. At WMPAC he produced productions of Shakespeare’s The
Winter’s Tale, directed by Laura Savia; the world premiere production of Levity by Stephanie

DiMaggio, directed by Stella Powell-Jones; The Last Five Years directed by Jason McDowell-
Green; and [title of show] directed by Danny Sharron.

Williams also held roles with Musical Theatre International and Manhattan Theatre Club and
served as an adjunct professor in the performing arts management Master of Fine Arts
program at Brooklyn College. He holds degrees in marketing and theater from Fairfield
University and spent a semester studying at Regents University in the United Kingdom.