David Williams

B.A Hons (UWS-Nepean), PhD (UNSW)
Honorary Associate

Website: www.davidwilliams.net.au

Biographical details

David Williams

David Williams is a leading Australian theatre artist whose productions open spaces for public conversation about political and social issues. Under the banner DW Projects, he creates theatre works of social relevance, aesthetic rigor and emotional impact from research, interviews, transcripts and public documents. These include Quiet Faith (co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix & HotHouse Theatre), based on conversations with Australian Christians about religion and politics, and Smurf in Wanderland (currently in development with Griffin Theatre Company and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta), based on conversations with football fans across Sydney.

David was the Curator of the Australian Theatre Forum 2015: MAKING IT, a member of the 2015 Griffin Studio, and has worked for 20 years as a director, writer, producer, dramaturg, and performer with companies across Australia. He is a past winner of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Acting, a graduate of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, and his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Drovers Awards.

David was the founder and artistic leader of the performance group version 1.0, and co-created and produced all of the company's work from 1998 until 2012. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New South Wales, an Honours degree in Theatre from UWS (Nepean), and is currently an Honorary Associate at the Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, and on the board of SAMAG. Recent projects include Black Diggers (QTC & Sydney Festival) and Beautiful One Day (Ilbijerri & Belvoir). Current performance works in development include Moral Swamp (Malthouse).

Research interests

  • Documentary Theatre
  • Political Theatre
  • Arts Policy


  • Board Member, SAMAG (Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group)
  • Member, ADSA (The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies)
  • Member, MEAA (Media Arts Entertainment Alliance)

In the media

Selected publications

  • (2010). ‘Legal Language and Theatrical Presence: Transforming a Legal Inquiry into Theatre in version 1.0’s Deeply Offensive And Utterly Untrue’, Law Text Culture, Volume 14, Number 1: 188-197
  • (2009). ‘Killing the audience: Forced Entertainment’s First Night’ Australasian Drama Studies, Number 54, April 2009: 50-67.
  • (2008). ‘Performing refugee policy in politics and theatre’. Research in Drama Education, Volume 13, Number 2, June 2008: 199-204.
  • (2007). 'Performance, Politicians, and War: Selling Iraq in the culture war'. Performance Paradigm, Number 3, March 2007.
  • (2006). 'Political Theatrics in the Fog of War'. Australasian Drama Studies, Number 48, April 2006: 115-129.