LaDarrion Williams is a playwright by heart, a filmmaker, television writer, and now novelist hailing from a small town of Helena, Alabama. His first play, Katrina, won first place at the Alabama State Thespian Conference and was performed internationally in 2013. After buying a one-way ticket and packing up three suitcases and a dream, he headed out to Los Angeles in May 2015 to pursue his dreams of becoming of a Hollywood writer. There, he began to self-produce his own work, including his play Katrina at the Moments Playhouse Theatre in Los Angeles. It was also produced at A Noise Within Theatre as a part of their Noise Now Reading Series. Currently, it is now an award-winning short film.
His adaptation of the best-selling memoir, Feeding A Monster, was helmed by the award-winning actor and director Art Evans at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, CA. In 2019, he was also a guest writer for Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition, and his play Black Creek Risin' was a part of the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. In September 2019, his play, Coco Queens, was a part of the Sundance Institute’s Playwriting Intensive and was a semifinalist in the 2019 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
As a screenwriter, LaDarrion enjoys writing about the complexities of Black boyhood, the tenderness of Black male friendships, and wanting to cultivate a new era of Black fantasy where Black characters are at the forefront and are fully realized human beings on the journey of self-discovery. His script, Blood at the Root, which is a story about Black witches attending a magical HBCU, is currently was an honorable mention and finalist for the ISA Fast Track Fellowship. It all
started with a tweet: “What if Harry Potter went to an HBCU in the Dirty South” and the rest is history.
In 2018, he adapted his Hurricane Katrina play into a short film and went on to win many awards. His musical One Hour pilot, Dreamers, is currently being shopped around to different television networks.
LaDarrion’s creative goal is to continue to build his Blackgical Universe (Mecca, Blood at the Root, Crescent Sun, Omega) and ultimately become a showrunner of his own shows. He is currently working on a supernatural drama pilot called Spectre and a feature-length screenplay called Boulevard of Bold Dreams, a reimagining of the historic night at the Academy Awards where Hattie McDaniel wins her Best Supporting Oscar. It is based on his stage play of the same name.
In 2020 during the “Read Black Writers” phase on social media, LaDarrion created a Black Writers Zoom where Black Writers of ALL levels can come, have a safe space to just be, and encourage one another.
LaDarrion Williams’ representation is Anthem Entertainment. His manager is Daniel Clark.
Social Media handles: @ItsLaDarrion (Twitter, Instagram).
His works: Concrete Rose (Short Film) and Blood at the Root (Short Film) is currently available on Youtube and Amazon Prime.