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, particularly the "Zoo TV" tour (1992-93) and the"U2360" tour (2009-11). Williams' work with R.E.M., David Bowie and George Michael has also been highly regarded as being both conceptually and technologically groundbreaking. 2015 saw his first nightclub installation; a giant kinetic chandelier for Omnia nightclub at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.
Theatre projects include collaborating with Complicite for their production of The Master and Maragrita at the Barbican, London and at the Avignon Festival 2012. He has designed lighting and video scenery for Dawn French, French & Saunders, the "Little Britain Live" tour and also "Pam Ann" at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. He designed the lighting and video content for the musical "We Will Rock You" playing at theatres worldwide and also for "Barbarella" at the Raimund Theatre, Vienna.
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, a scenic design for Marianne Faithfull and most recently a collaboration with Laurie Anderson.
Public works include a lighting installations within Canterbury Cathedral , London's Southbank and a permanent exhibit at Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Williams has been honored by his peers many times, receiving several industry awards. His work has been profiled in Time magazine, Creative Review , The New York TImes and Wired.
"Willie Williams combines a passionate delight in technology with an infectious low tech joy. His innovations have become industry standards." - William Gibson, Wired magazine
Honorary Fellowship, Rose Bruford Theatre School, 2019, Total Production International Awards, 2010, London "Live Production of the Year", "Lighting Designer of the Year" and "Video Visionary". The Redden Award for Excellence in Design, USA, 2009. Live Design, New York, 2008. Metropolitan Home “Design 100”, May 2006. Creative Review 'best in book'. Total Production International Awards, 2006, London, "Lighting Designer of the Year". "Green Room" theatre awards, 2004, Australia, two nominations. Total Production International Awards, 2003, London, "Lighting Designer of the Year". "Live!" magazine Designer of the Year, 2002. "EDDY" award for excellence in entertainment design, 2001, New York. Wired Magazine "Top 25 visionaries in entertainment”, USA, 2000. Lighting Dimensions "Designer of the Year", 1992, USA. Performance Magazine "Lighting Designer of the Year", USA, 1992 & 1987.