For Williams, a performing arts teacher at Saint Paul Lutheran who also teaches dance at Westminster School, working part-time allows her to indulge in and tend to her own interests, and spend time with her family.
She exudes passion for the arts and believes that “it's important to teach performing arts to future generations so they don't lose the ability to tell stories, immerse themselves in the past and strive for dedicated beauty instead of immediate gratification”.
In testament to this philosophy, in 2017 she founded The Gemini Collective with her partner Anthony Butler, and presented the Australian premiere of Ivy + Bean the Musical at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The show, based on the best-selling book series by Annie Barrows with music by Scott Elmegreen, was a hit with audiences and critics alike, and received several five-star reviews.
Williams actively performs in community theatre productions and shares her expertise with both students and performers.
Producing a show at next year’s Fringe and composing an original musical are some of her goals.
Ivy + Bean the Musical also enjoys performances outside of The Fringe.
There were logistical challenges to overcome in taking the show out of the theatre, but having overcome those, it is available for school performances, and students are able to speak to the actors at the end of the show.
“Allowing upper primary students the opportunity to interact with and question the actors was fabulous for all involved, and highlighted what students find interesting about the page to stage process,” Williams says.
Williams thrives working with her partner.
“I'm the director, choreographer and he's the designer, set maker,” she says.
“We stole whatever minutes we could find between life with five kids to discuss overall plans and intentions together."
The Gemini Collective hope to tour the show around more schools.
Meanwhile Williams and Butler are enjoying juggling teaching, producing, and raising a family.