Ted Williams III
Based in Chicago, Ted Williams III is a speaker and performing artist who lives to inspire. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University and is the former host of PBS Television’s The Professors weekly talk show. He is a former political candidate who has provided commentary for a host of national and local news outlets in addition to contributing to the Third World Press text, Not Our President. As a performer, he has appeared in commercials for companies like Subway, Empire Carpet, and Cheerios, and in the films Human Zoos and The Christmas Thief with Vivica Fox. He considers his crowning achievements the creation of the productions 1619: The Journey of a People, TORN the Musical, and of the book The Way Out: Christianity, Politics, and the African American Community. 1619 was funded by the Illinois Arts Council and nominated for the 2020 August Wilson Award for the Best Writing of a Musical by the Black Theater Alliance Awards. His workshops include The Bible and the Ballot, Unleashing Your Inner Artist, and The 1619 Journey. Book Ted to ignite your next school, church, or community event with one of his theatrical productions, workshops, or speeches.