SONIA WILLIAMS – (NEN/ MAMA NEZA)
Performance Artist, Theatre Director, an Author, Educator in Theatre Arts and Inspirational Speaker.
Born January 17th, 1967 at Pleasant Hall, St. Peter, Sonia migrated to Brooklyn New York in 1979, where she attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. There she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Women Studies and a Watson Fellowship to Nigeria in 1989. Sonia returned to Barbados in 1990 and worked extensively with Earl Warner. She is also a well-respected director and performance artist whose works have been showcased at national, regional and international events. She has written Full-length Plays, Choreopoems, Short Stories and Poetry. Her Novella This Too Will Pass was published in 2014. She can be seen in the Canadian film The Triangle, the Barbadian feature film Sweet Bottom and British-Barbadian film A Caribbean Dream.
Sonia is the recipient of many awards including the Karen Williams Prize in Theatre 1988, Watson Fellowship to Nigeria 1989, Actress of the Year Barbados 1990,the Governor General Award for excellence in Drama in the professional category of the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts 1998 and the Roland Edwards Prize for her contribution to the development of the Performing Arts in Barbados 2016.
She has taught in communities and institutions in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad, including the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, and Barbados Community College. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education teaching and learning. Her intention is to facilitate the development of people and the transformation of lives through artistic excellence and service.