James Dean Palmer

Director, 1st season

King John

James is a New York based director and educator.  In 2010 he was awarded a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Direction of The Love of the Nightingale. New York: Julius Caesar, In The Open, Grief. Regional: Julius Caesar, A Christmas Carol, Conversation Storm. Chicago: Lear, Ruby Wilder, Elephant’s Graveyard, Gingerbread House, Pullman WA, Church, The Love of the Nightingale, Enemy of the People, Dog in a Manger, Pugilist Specialist, Endgame, Baden Lehrstuck, Coriolanus. Educational: These Seven Sicknesses, Church, Look Back in Anger, Hamlet, Rocket to the Moon, Neighbors.     James has received fellowships from the Drama League, SDCF, Chautauqua Theatre Company and is a Peter Kaplan Fellow.  He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Brown University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union.  James teaches acting at the Professional Performing Arts School in midtown Manhattan.  For nine seasons he served as the artistic director of Red Tape Theatre.   James was Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson's assistant at Steppenwolf theatre.


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