Award-winning Producer and Multi-hyphenate Creative
Award-winning Producer and Multi-hyphenate Creative
The Washington Douglass Chorale opens its inaugural season with a radiant collection of anthems and carols to celebrate Christmas. Nolan and co-artistic director Scott Tucker lead the singers in beloved favorites such as "Ave Maria" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Highlights include Williams' inspirational settings of "What Child Is This?" and "Silent Night."
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Nolan and his NEWorks Voices of America return for a ninth year to perform with celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli on Sunday, December 10 for the Baltimore, MD leg of his world concert tour.
(PHOTO: Courtesy of NEWorks Productions)
Next February, Nolan will return to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida to curate and lead 6th & Jazz, an educational performance series, presented in collaboration with NEWorks Productions, that will introduce the jazz genre to 15,000 sixth graders in Orange and Osceola Counties!
Nolan's artistic setting of the Negro Spiritual and freedom song 'Hold On' has won a Telly Award Silver Prize for Best Social Video (Dance & Performance).
The WETA Arts segment, written & produced by Judy Meschel to highlight the world premiere of Nolan's new musical 'GRACE' last year, has been nominated in the Arts/Entertainment Long Form Content category.
The votes are in and GRACE is clearly the people's choice!
Special thanks to the many fans and industry insiders who have honored us with 12 nominations and 11 wins, including Best Musical, Best New Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Robert Barry Fleming), Best Music Direction & Orchestra Performance (Nolan Williams, Jr.), Best Ensemble Performance, Best Performer in a Musical (Nova Y. Payton), Best Choreography (Robert Barry Fleming), Best Scenic Design (Jason Ardizonne-West), Best Lighting Design (Xavier Pierce), Best Costume Design (Dominique Fawn-Hill), and Best Sound Design (David Budries).
Become a Friend of GRACE today to track our journey forward.
PHOTO CREDIT: Andre Chung
"Becoming Douglass Commonwealth," the documentary Nolan produced, co-wrote, and directed last year through his company, NEWorks Productions, was recently awarded a 2023 Communicator Award of Excellence and 2023 Anthem Awards Silver Prize for Best Human & Civil Rights Film. This raises the total prizes won to ten, including seven 2022 Telly Awards and a 2022 Davey Award.
Presented by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and produced by NEWorks Productions, "Becoming..." chronicles the long and complicated history of D.C.’s fight for full democracy featuring members of Congress, city officials (past and present), business leaders, and more. The documentary has aired, to date, in five CBS east coast markets and on DCTV.
The Communicator Awards recognize excellence, effectiveness, and innovation across all areas of communication
The Anthem Awards celebrate and champion work across seven core causes: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Education, Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate.
With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, the Telly Awards are the global gold standard for excellence in video and television across all platforms.
Established in 2005, the Davey Awards are presented and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts to recognize extraordinary creativity produced by smaller companies.
Here's a full list of the prizes awarded to Nolan and his team.
2023 Anthem Award for Best Human & Civil Rights Film
2022 Telly Award for Best News Feature for Television
2022 Telly Award for Best Direction for Television
2022 Telly Award for Best Editing for Television
2022 Telly Award for Best Writing for Television
2022 Telly Award for Best Political/Commentary for Television
2022 Telly Award for Best Government Relations for Television
Nolan curated a photographic exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, inspired by his award-winning documentary, "Becoming Douglass Commonwealth." Featuring the works of emerging photographers, D.C. Home Rule 50 was mounted in the West Gallery of the DC History Center from April through October 2023.
Nolan is honored to have music directed Baltimore Center Stage's critically-heralded production of LADY DAY @ EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, September 14-October 15, 2023. (PHOTO CREDIT: NEWorks Productions)
Nolan recently music produced the American Academy of Nursing's awards gala, in celebration of AAN's 50th anniversary. The event featured performances by tenor Roy Patten, Jr., soprano Victoria Purcell Coan, and the NEWorks Voices of America. (PHOTO CREDIT: NEWorks Productions)
For a third consecutive year, Nolan scripted Mayor Muriel Bowser's awards gala honoring DC’s vibrant creative community and patrons of the arts and humanities. This event took place at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, September 28, 2023, and will air soon on DCTV.
Nolan recently moderated a panel discussion for the opening of Georgetown University's new Center for the Study of Slavery and Its Legacies. The event featured a performance of Carlos Simon's "Requiem for the Enslaved." Here's a link to the archival video of the full program. (PHOTO CREDIT: Elman Studio)
In May of this year, Nolan and the creative team of GRACE, the Musical convened a developmental work session at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando, FL. Access the Broadway World article below and stay tuned for more exciting updates about GRACE! (Photo credit: courtesy of NEWorks Productions)
In commemoration of DC Emancipation Day, Nolan produced Mayor Muriel Bowser's Full Democracy Champions Luncheon. The event, organized by the Secretary of State of the District of Columbia, Kimberly Bassett, featured a keynote address by Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY's List, and remarks by City Councilwoman Christina Henderson, Attorney General Brian Schwalb, and more.
On Monday, January 16, 2023, Nolan music-produced this annual MLK birthday commemoration, co-presented by Georgetown University and The Kennedy Center. The 2023 Let Freedom Ring concert featured Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom, Jr. along with the Let Freedom Ring Choir and NEWorks Band.
A creative innovator, Nolan has a long history of developing multifaceted programming that pairs performance, educational and visual arts projects with social impact initiatives. Click below to learn more about his curations from 2010 to present day.
In 2019, Nolan was named the inaugural Social Practice Resident at The Kennedy Center REACH. His focal project has been the development of STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA, his theatrical concert production that highlights seminal moments of the modern Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968. Click here to view the gallery of images that chronicle highlights from his multi-year residency.
Nolan is chief music editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal. Released by GIA Publications in 2001, this landmark compilation has sold well over 500,000 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-mos
Nolan is chief music editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal. Released by GIA Publications in 2001, this landmark compilation has sold well over 500,000 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 for Lead Me, Guide Me - Second Edition, an African American Catholic hymnal (2012).
Nolan's honors include: ten Telly Awards (2021, 2022, 2023); four Broadway World Washington, DC Awards (2022); two Davey Awards (2022); an Anthem Award (2023); a Communicator Award of Excellence (2023); a 2022 CAAPA Legacy Award; a 2019 Arts Advocacy Award, presented by the Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts; a 20
Nolan's honors include: ten Telly Awards (2021, 2022, 2023); four Broadway World Washington, DC Awards (2022); two Davey Awards (2022); an Anthem Award (2023); a Communicator Award of Excellence (2023); a 2022 CAAPA Legacy Award; a 2019 Arts Advocacy Award, presented by the Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts; a 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Arts & Education Award; a 2013 honorary Doctor of Music degree, Richmond Virginia Seminary; a 2012 American Cancer Society Award; and a 2012 Genius4Men Award.