COVID-19 IMPACT

Like so many artists around the globe, Nolan's work has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Nolan had the opportunity to share his candid thoughts with Michael Brodeur, classical music critic for The Washington Post. Here's a link to the article. (Published April 9, 2020)

LIVE CHAT WITH CHEF CARLA HALL

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall engages Nolan in an intimate, one-on-one conversation exploring the inspiration and creative process for developing his new musical, GRACE.  

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UPDATE RE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "GRACE"

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the premiere of Nolan's new musical, GRACE, for the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY has been cancelled. We are hopeful that the show will be mounted once our country has recovered from this outbreak. Register here to receive updates.  

NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE

The cast of GRACE performs "When Gran'Me Cooked," the finale selection from Nolan's new musical, GRACE. 

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"STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA" OPENs In nashvillE

The national touring production of "Stirring the Waters Across America," conceived, written and music directed by Nolan, premiered on Friday, February 28, 2020, at Vanderbilt University's Langford Auditorium. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the tour is discontinued until further notice. 

NEWS FEATURES

Chef Carla Hall and Nolan dish about the new musical, GRACE - FOX 5 D.C.

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MORE ABOUT NOLAN's WORK...

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Theatrical Works

Musical Compositions

Musical Compositions

Nolan's current roster of original theatrical works include: Grace, selected work for the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; Stirring the Waters Across America, a theatrical concert production workshopped at the Kennedy Center and touring nationwide beginning in February 2020; and Devine Hamer Gray, a new American musical (currently in development) presented in workshop for the 2019 March On Washington Film Festival.

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Musical Compositions

Musical Compositions

Musical Compositions

An American composer with songwriting credits on two Grammy-nominated projects and numerous commissions, Nolan's eclectic library of original compositions includes rousing symphonic and choral works, inspirational and popular songs, and music for television. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Williams has a musical language all his own. It brims with vernacular American optimism..."

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Cultural Festivals

Musical Compositions

Cultural Festivals

Since 2010, Nolan has developed festival programming featuring a range of performance, educational, visual arts and social impact initiatives. This programming has been developed in partnership with the Kennedy Center (Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America) and Philadelphia's Mann Center (Philadelphia Freedom Festival, Liberty: Unplugged!, New Frontiers, Firebird: Spirit Rising, Brilliantly Bernstein: Beyond the Baton), engaging a stellar slate of artists, educational institutions, and cultural organizations.

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Music Publications

Special Recognition

Cultural Festivals

Nolan is chief music editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal. Released by GIA Publications in 2001, this landmark compilation has sold nearly 500K copies worldwide. Nolan is also associate editor of Total Praise, the 2012 hymnal developed for the eight-million-member National Baptist Convention, USA, and third-most contributing arranger of Lead Me, Guide Me - Second Edition, an African American Catholic hymnal (2012).  

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Special Recognition

Special Recognition

Special Recognition

Nolan's honors include: Playwright, 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays (2020); 2019-20 Kennedy Center Social Impact Arts Residency; 2019 Arts Advocacy Award, Kennedy Center National Committee for the Performing Arts; Roe Green Playwright, 2018 Cleveland Play House New Ground Theatre Festival; 2017  W.E.B. Du Bois Arts & Education Award; 2013 honorary Doctor of Music, Richmond Virginia Seminary; 2012 American Cancer Society Award; 2012 Genius4Men Award.