James Ijames Bio BS Rauthors 081517

James Ijames


BSR Contributor Since August 15, 2017

James Ijames is a playwright and performer here in Philadelphia, assistant professor of theater at Villanova University, founding member of Orbiter 3 Playwrights Collective and Pew Fellow. He enjoys new plays, RuPaul's Drag Race, graphic novels, and fried foods from around the world.

James Ijames is a Philadelphia-based playwright and performer. He has appeared regionally in productions at the Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre Company. James’s plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia); the National Black Theatre (NYC); Ally Theatre (Washington, DC); and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre and Victory Garden. James received the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist, and he won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels in America, and one Barrymore Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size at Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrence McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ...Miz Martha, and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright-producing collective, and a mentor for the Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College, and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University. James is assistant professor of theater at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia. www.jamesijames.com

(Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

By this Author

2 results
Page 1
L to R: Keith Conallen, Taysha Marie Canales, and Lindsay Smiling in the Wilma Theater's production of 'Passage.' (Photo by Bill Hebert.)

Difficult plays and the critics who love them

To 'scape the serpent's tongue

Tough times call for tough critics willing to wrestle with works of art. Can artists and critics — together — help us make sense of our world? James Ijames considers.
James Ijames

James Ijames

Essays 6 minute read
It was a grand old party. (Illustration for BSR by Hannah Kaplan.)

BSR Scripts and Sips: James Ijames's 'History of Walking'

It's the end of the world as we know it

The sixth in BSR's Scripts and Sips series is James Ijames's 'History of Walking' and, to be quite honest, it couldn't have arrived at a more appropriate moment. Have a read and join Ijames at the edge of the apocalypse.
James Ijames Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

James Ijamesand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Articles 1 minute read