1Lar’Juanette Williams is an award winning singer, dancer, actress, writer and arts administrator that has recently relocated “back home” to Memphis, TN and is very pleased to have been handed the baton to administrate one of the most influential African American Arts organization in Southwest TN, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance!

Williams is a recipient of the 2014 Georgie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress, the 2012 Broadway World’s Best Actress in a Musical, and the 2000 Ostrander Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She was listed as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Women In America for her many contributions in the performing arts.

Williams’s film and television credits include SNAPPED, E.R, Chicago Hope, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Spy Hard, Ghost of Mississippi, and Night Stand. Her numerous professional stage credits include Ain’t Misbehavin, Hairspray, Hello Dolly, and touring the USA in the starring role of EFFIE WHITE in the National Tour of DREAMGIRLS, winning a number of honors and awards.

In addition, Williams is a Communications/Speech graduate from University of North Texas, Acting/Directing/Production graduate from Stella Adler School of Production in LA and Ministry graduate from Zoe Christian Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Williams served as a regional talent scout/coach for World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, and the founder of Optasia Productions, creating more than 100 professional theatrical, television, and independent film works including TBN’s “Secrets To Success” as well as Casting Director for PAX Network’s “It’s A Miracle”. She has also created and developed numerous arts educational training and touring pieces that has reached more than 100,000 students statewide including We Shall Overcome, Mother Goose On The Loose, and No More Drama. Currently a member of Christ Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart.

“If you Decree It, and Believe It, You will See It – Have Faith in God!”