Photo: Cliff Owl

Kiyan Williams (gender pronouns they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who explores Black queer identity. They create performances, texts, objects, images, sounds, and installations informed by autoethnography, archival research, and social practice.

Kiyan was born in Newark, NJ and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have performed/exhibited work across the country and internationally at venues including: Dixon Place (NYC), JACK Theater (NYC), La Mama Experimental Theater Club (NYC), SOMArts (San Francisco), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Bing Concert Hall (Stanford), Orpheum Theater (Graz, Austria) and more.   

Kiyan's honors and awards include the EMERGENYC fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, Destiny Arts Center artist residency (Oakland, CA), Create Dangerously writing fellowship at the Obie-winning JACK Theater (Brooklyn, NY), Astraea Foundation Global Arts Fund, Stanford Arts Award, Trans Justice Funding Project Award, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship. They earned a BA with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. 

Interviews and More
Kiyan Williams Bridges Queer Dance Culture and Ivy League Academia - KQED, 2017

It Is Necessary to Be Able to Dream - C& Magazine, 2016

Growing Up Gender-Nonconforming - NPR, 2014  

Queer Activist of Color Stand Up, Fight Back - The Dusty Rebel, 2015