Willie Williams designs & directs live events and concert tours. His combination of hi-tech media and lo-tech eccentricity first received acclaim through his work with U2. Their Zoo TV tour (1992-93) introduced multi-screen video imagery to concert touring, whilst the subsequent PopMart tour (1997-98), conceived with architect Mark Fisher, included the creation of the world’s first large-scale L.E.D. video screen.
Williams’ work with George Michael, David Bowie and R.E.M. has also been highly respected as being both conceptually and technologically groundbreaking. His body of work is regarded as having contributed to laying the foundations of modern rock and pop show design.
In 2015, Williams designed the iconic, giant kinetic chandelier for Omnia nightclub at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Subsequent night club commissions include “Hi” club in Ibiza and “Chroma” club in Seoul, South Korea.
Theatre projects include video design for Prima Facie, starring Jodie Comer, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, and collaborating with Complicite for their production of The Master and Margarita at the Barbican, London and at the Avignon Festival.
He designed the lighting and directed the video content for the Queen musical We Will Rock You which played in theatres worldwide, including a twelve-year run at London’s Dominion Theatre.
Other theatre work includes designing lighting and video scenery for Dawn French, French & Saunders, Little Britain Live, Pam Ann at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, and the Barbarella musical at Vienna’s Raimund Theatre.
Performing arts projects include several collaborations with Kronos Quartet, most notably on Sun Rings, an evening-length multimedia production commissioned by NASA. Other work in this field includes designing for the legendary Montréal based dance company La La La Human Steps, scenic design for Marianne Faithfull and various projects with Laurie Anderson.
Public works include lighting installations within Canterbury Cathedral, on London’s Southbank and a permanent exhibit at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Williams served on the advisory board for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in 2022.
His work has been profiled in Time magazine, Creative Review , The New York Times and Wired.
He is a founding partner of Treatment Studio, London.
“Willie Williams combines a passionate delight in technology with an infectious low tech joy.
His innovations have become industry standards.”
William Gibson, Wired magazine
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