Jason Odell Williams is an actor, writer, and director from Columbia, Maryland. He is particularly known for his work on Broadway. Jason received his BA from the University of Virginia and his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York. Jason currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, actress and singer Charlotte Cohn, and their daughter, Imogen.
As an actor, Jason has appeared on television (All My Children, Guiding Light, "One Life to Live") and in several independent films as well as off-Broadway and regionally at such theatres as Aquila Theatre Co., Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., Baltimore's Centerstage, the Shakespeare Theatre of D.C., the Actors Studio, the Daryl Roth 2 Theatre, the National Shakespeare Company, and the Heritage Repertory Theatre in Virginia. In 2006, in a sold out extended run, Jason played the role Carter in the regional premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.
As a writer and director, Jason's work has appeared at the New Jersey Rep, Primary Stages, Roy Arias, Abingdon Theatre, the Star Theatre, Interart Theatre, The Producer's Club, and the historic Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. In 2002, Jason's first feature-length screenplay, The Danish Play, was optioned by Emerald Oceans Media Group in Denver. Jason directed a short version of his script, which went on to win awards at the 2004 New York Short Film Festival, the 2003 Philadelphia Short Film Festival, and the 2003 Denver Underground Film Festival.