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James Dean Palmer

  • Theater Arts: Acting I

James is a New York based director and educator.  ​He has worked with Roundabout Theatre, The Old Globe, Long Wharf, Steppenwolf, The Public, Waterwell, NYU, Fordham, Mabou Mines, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, Chautauqua Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Rep, and Chicago Dramatists, among others.  For nine seasons he served as the Artistic Director of Chicago’s Red Tape Theatre.  In 2010 he was awarded a Joseph Jefferson award for Best Direction of The Love of the Nightingale.  He was the assistant to the Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre and served on the Board of Directors at the League of Chicago Theaters.  James has received fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, the Drama League, SDCF, Chautauqua Theatre Company and is a Peter Kaplan Fellow.  He holds an MFA in Directing from Brown University and is a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union.  In addition to teaching acting with Waterwell, James also teaches Devising at NYU and Audition Techniques at Fordham.