Albert Williams (Senior Lecturer, Musical Theater Program Coordinator) has worked as a peformer, writer, and composer for theater and music productions in Chicago, New York, and around the country. He was a member of the Chicago Free Theater, one of the seminal troupes that helped launch Chicago's off-Loop theater movement. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago (BA in Music), he has taught at the college since 1985. He wrote libretti for several operas by Columbia's late Music Department founding chairperson, William Russo, including Isabella's Fortune (produced off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre) and The Golden Bird (premiered under the auspices of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra). He is also an award-winning arts journalist and critic whose work has been published by the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, American Theatre, The Advocate, and Entertainment Weekly. His theater and film reviews have earned him the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, presented jointly by Cornell, Princeton, and Yale universities, as well as two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. He is co-editor of the book Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community, 1977-1997 (Firetrap Press). He is listed in Who's Who in America, and in 2003, he was inducted into the City of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for his "important contributions to the cultural life of Chicago."