A native of Lee County, Virginia, Shawn Paul originated the roles of Lt. Gumshoe in “Just Kill Me Now ..(Aw Shoot!)”, Jacob Maroon in “Whispers ~ Secrets of the Ely Mansion”, and Iva Gott Scurvy in the pirate themed “A Whale of a Tale: Pirates of the Salty Dog”, all of which are WRSP original dinner theatre productions. In 2016, Williams made his MLT acting debut as Bobby in the one-act play “Chili Pepper Chicks”. In September, 2016 he was cast in a leading role as attorney Fred Gayley in MLT's production of “Miracle on 24 th Street”. Next, he appeared as a customer and as Audry II, Pod 3 in 2017 production of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”. That same year, he appeared in his second leading role for MLT as Brom Van Brunt in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. In the summer of 2017, Williams appeared as the titular lead role of Macbethin the Gap production “Moonshine Macbeth”, an Appalachian comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy performed as part of the Appalachian Shakespeare Project.
He also appeared as Demetrius in LMU“A Midsummer Nights Dream” the following year. Williams most recently appeared as Judas (not-Iscariot) in
“In The Upper Room”, a Biblical drama written and directed by Lisa Soland. Performed at The HUB in Knoxville, Tennessee, this play will be published by Climbing Angel Publishing in the summer of 2019.
Williams studied acting under veteran film/television actor Vincent Riotta (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Rush”, “Captain Corellis Mandolin”, “The Dark Knight”), at the Nashville Film Institute.
In addition to acting, Williams has experience working behind the scenes by providing sound effects, lighting, and stage crew duties during productions for both MLT and the Lee Players in Pennington Gap, Virginia. Williams also serves as a freelance script consultant and has reviewed Kentucky playwright Catherine Rhoden-Goguen. The character Shawn in her play “The Most Human” published by Brooklyn Publishers was named after Williams. Williams also served as an executive producer on Teague
Quillen’s 2016 independent film “The Room”, as well as the 2016 series “Forever Alone” based on the stand-up comedy of Hunter Roberts. In addition to acting, Williams enjoys songwriting and playing piano. In 2012, he was credited as an honorary producer on television/film actor Mark Hildreth’s sophomore album “Signs of Life”. Other hobbies included hiking, swimming, and graphic design and film editing, which he uses to assist MLT and other theater groups with poster design, publicity, and opening title sequences for theatrical productions.