MOST VERSATILE MALE ACTOR
NIGEL SHAWN WILLIAMS There’s no more chameleon-like Toronto performer than Nigel Shawn Williams, a Dora winner for Two Words For Snow. But that production, set in the Arctic, is only the tip of the iceberg for the talented Williams. He’s played the MC in the multimedia show Variété (a role described as equal parts Tom Waits, Hunter S. Thompson and diva Jessye Norman), preened as a suave but dangerous Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler and shown his skill in the premieres of Harlem Duet and Belle, key works about the black experience. Wish we could have seen his latest turn, playing the usually whiter-than-white composer Salieri in a Calgary staging of Amadeus.