Holly Williams is associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. As a dancer, Williams has performed nationally and internationally with the companies of Laura Dean, Jose Limon and with Mark Morris. As a noted choreographer she been commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, State Street Ballet (Santa Barbara), Ballet Austin Senior Young Artists and other companies; she has been a guest artist at numerous university programs throughout the United States. Three of her works have been selected by adjudication for ACDFA's National Festival. She has twice been awarded Big XII fellowships from the University of Texas for choreographic projects.
Ms. Williams' choreography for the Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Theatre Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center and the concert stage have also won her national acclaim. Her dance/video work Bolero made its international debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and her signature work Black Magic was performed in St. Johann, Innsbruck, and Salzburg, Austria as part of the Tanzsommer Festival in 2004.
She has served on dance panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. A writer and critic as well, she has contributed articles on dance to The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American-Statesman and other publications.
Williams has a B.A. cum laude from Barnard College/Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Texas Woman's University. In 2014 she received the Texas Woman's University 2014 Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award.