Jason Odell Williams (playwright). Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Jason has been nominated for an Emmy Award, an Off-Broadway Alliance Best New Play Award and an L.A. Ovation Best Original Play Award. His plays Church & State and Handle With Care are published by DPS and have won a Henry Award and a Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Play respectively. Jason was the winner of the 2012 Hudson Valley Writers Workshop contest and his work has been named a Semi-Finalist for PlayMaker Rep’s Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition and twice been named a Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival.
Jason was a Finalist for the 2020-21 McKnight National Residency and Commission. Florida Studio Theatre commissioned him to write his newest play America In One Room which was then chosen to have its world premiere at FST from December 2021 - February 2022.