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Sally Ann Williams is an experienced actress who understands the power art has to create community, advocate for change, combat hate and spread love. She has performed lead roles in productions of "Ms. Snoop Is Murdered," "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "Clue" at Brooklyn Technical High School. Sally performed individually and in groups and has learned to improvise, dance and sing in the Public Theater's Public Works acting classes, which she has attended since middle school. She has performed in four Public Theater productions at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, including featured roles in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It" and Disney's "Hercules," the latter as a puppeteer. Sally shared her experiences in Public Theater in interviews with both Barron's and NBC News.
Sally is an AP Scholar with Honor. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, National African American Recognition Program and National Hispanic Recognition Program. Sally has raised money and completed research for Luv Michael, a nonprofit organization that trains and helps adults with autism to find fulfilling employment opportunities. Sally was one of 250 New York City high school students selected for The Cooper Union's Saturday Program, where she studied drawing, oil painting and poetry, and had her art exhibited at a Brooklyn street fair.
Sally is deeply committed to supporting community-building initiatives. She served as creative coordinator for Remote Buddies, which matches high school students with grade schoolers through video meetings to help with homework, play games, draw, bake and talk together. Sally started as a counselor in training and then became an assistant group leader for Center for Family Life, a local social services organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She worked with a group of 25 children ages 7-10, defusing conflicts, promoting healthy self-expression, and leading field trips, games and songs.
Sally will study theater and government at Harvard and is considering careers in theater and law.
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