The Tennessee Williams Legacy
Tennessee Williams' maternal grandfather, Walter E. Dakin, was an 1895 graduate of the School of Theology and an ordained Episcopal clergyman. In 1983, Tennessee Williams left his estate to the University of the South as a memorial to his grandfather. He directed in his will that a fund be established to encourage creative writing which resulted in the founding of the Sewanee Writers Conference and the establishment of the Tennessee Williams Fellowships which each year bring leading playwrights, poets, novelists, and performance artists to the campus to share their talents with our students.
Guest artists in recent years include the film and theatre actress, Claire Bloom; the actor and director, Stuart Margolin; the avant-garde performing artists, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller; the hip-hop solo performer, Danny Hoch; the playwright, Israel Horovitz; and the comedians, Jim David and Avner the Eccentric.
Theatre and dance companies include The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Decadance Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Acting Company, the Guthrie Theatre, the American Shakespeare Center, the Aquila Theatre, The Flying Machine, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theatre.