Phil Williams , Founder & Artistic Director

Phil Williams, Founder & Artistic Director

Phil is an individual who always thinks outside the box. A proud graduate of York College of the City University of New York, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication & Theatre Arts with a minor in Music in 2012, and was also honored with the Barbara Nickolich Award for Theatre Excellence. Primarily an actor, Phil made his off-off-Broadway debut in BrooklynOne Theatre’s production of Moliere’s The Misanthrope, and also appeared in the 2011 NYC Fringe Festival in Istwa! Story Time for a Small World at the Living Theatre. More recently turning his focus to directing, he has orchestrated productions at York College, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Cabrini Repertory Theatre, The Tank NYC, The Loft at the Davenport Theatre, and Friends & Lovers. Phil founded the Minefield Theatre Group along with his father, George N. Williams, in September of 2014, and commemorated its existence with the company’s inaugural production, Release the Kraken (aka The Ratchet Play), which received its premiere at The Tank NYC. Since then, he’s been committed to staging and producing contemporary, new, daring, and (sometimes) crazy theatre that can only come from the mind of an individual who always thinks outside the box.

George is the executive producer and treasurer of the Minefield Theatre Group. As an actor, he has trained under Julie Bovasso and Shakespeare & Co. After taking the time to raise a family, he’s honored and excited to be back in theatre as a producer. George has also participated in numerous off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions over a span of 30 years.

George N. Williams , Executive Producer

George N. Williams, Executive Producer

Chris Patterson , Playwright-in-Residence

Chris Patterson, Playwright-in-Residence

Chris is an actor and playwright from Harlem, New York City. He has been writing since the age of eight. After graduating from East Side Community High School and the Urban Arts Partnership in 2010, Chris attended College twice briefly before deciding to write for the Minefield Theatre Group in 2014. He lives to entertain the audience through words. “Write to live, Live to write” has always been his motto. Past credits include: Release the Kraken (aka The Ratchet Play) directed by Phil Williams, Issues directed by Gbenga Akinnagbe, The Love Magnet directed by himself, and Starving But Making It directed by Jessica Pecharsky.