Sharrod Williams

Sharrod Williams was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up, he attended the Newark Boys Chorus School and Arts High School, two of the finest arts institutions in New Jersey. He trained for 9 years as a vocalist. At age 12, he toured Russia, Finland, and Latvia with NBCS as a member of the Concert Chorus. After seeing the movie “Center Stage” as a child, Sharrod always had a burning desire to dance. He began his dance training at Montclair State University where he graduated Cum Laude with a dual major in Communication Studies and Dance. At MSU, he performed works by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Jose Limon, Donald MacKayle, Susan Marshall, and Earl Mosley. In the summers throughout college he furthered his dance training as a student at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts in Kent, CT. He was first introduced to Musical Theatre as a possible profession for this life his senior year at MSU, when he received the role of Richie Walters in A Chorus Line. Performing that show and that story changed his life and catapulted him into becoming a dancer, singer, and actor full time. His professional credits include National Tours:  2nd International (USA and Tokyo, Japan)- Bring It On: The Musical (La Cienega), A Chorus Line (Richie); Regional: Hairspray (Seaweed), Cabaret (Herman), Cats (Mungojerrie), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/Dance Captain), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Prisoner/Aurora Men). Concert Dance: Doug Elkins and Friends, Von Howard Project, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Apprentice); TV: Law and Order: SVU 16: 07 (Fem Boy). As a dancer, he has performed at prestigious events as SummerStage 2010, American Dance Festival 2012, and Jacob's Pillow “INSIDE/OUT” Festival 2013. He has shared his love for the arts teaching master classes throughout the metro area and across the nation. He was a performance/teaching intern at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (summer ’13) and is a teaching artist for Broadway Connection, based in New York City. Many artists including Clay James, Karen Gayle, Baayork Lee, and Andy Blankenbuehler have inspired Sharrod throughout his career. He credits these individuals with pushing him out of his comfort zone to reach new heights as a performer. His favorite saying is, “a single dream can launch the journey of a lifetime.”