Associate Professor, Theatre Arts
11-425D, Allard Hall11110 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3242
Jim arrived at MacEwan in 2011 after eight years as an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan's Drama Department and a forty year career in the professional theatre. An associate professor in the Theatre Department’s Theatre Arts Program, he has also taught at several post-secondary institutions instructing, guest directing and teaching students in every aspect of theatre.
Jim served as Chair, Theatre Arts at FFAC from 2011–2015, Program Coordinator, Theatre Arts from 2015–2017, Interim then Chair of the Theatre Department for 2017–2018, and is currently Program Coordinator for the Theatre Arts Program. He has been active in his program’s curricular development and sat on the Interim Academic Titling Committee, Curriculum Committee, BFA Planning Committee and Academic Titling Committee at FFAC. At a university level, he has been the FFAC representative for MacEwan’s Faculty Association and a member of the Academic Integrity Committee's Appeal Process committee. He currently is a member of the FFAC BFA Planning Committee, the FFAC Curriculum Committee, the FFAC Strategic Planning Committee and an external member of the Tenure and Promotion Committee.
Jim is active outside MacEwan as an award-winning professional theatre director and designer, producing work across Canada for the last 40 years. He remains current in his field by producing his own theatre projects as well as being a gun for hire for theatre organizations.
Teaching and Research Interests
As a teacher of drama, Jim believes in fostering an organic and healthy approach to training students. Why? Because this "work" is an art form that continually invites those involved to bring humanness and unique points of view to the stage. It’s a process that demands us to reveal ourselves, to shed anything extraneous and false in our work. To do this, one must dig deep and take risks, which he believes happens best in an arena of absolute safety.
Jim strives to reveal clearly and technically to a student how to work, to highlight how they connect and convert mental activity—instinctive or otherwise—into physical action. To highlight an awareness of the physical sensations produced by those actions, which enables them to preserve the experience of that process so it (the process, not the result) can be repeated. He takes the time to highlight all this in the classroom so that in performance this process becomes technique—intuitive, instinctive and ultimately invisible. All in the service of storytelling. Sharing with an audience, the final partner in the process.
Awards / Grants / Fellowships
Saskatoon Area Theatre Award, Achievement in Direction: Shining City (2009)
Saskatoon Area Theatre Award, Achievement In Design (Set And Lights): Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (2008)
Sterling Award (Edmonton), Outstanding Direction: Pentecost (1997), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (1995); Mad Forest (1993); Lion in the Streets (1992); Road (1991); The Wolf Within (1990)
Sterling Award (Edmonton), Outstanding Production: Pentecost (1997), Dancing At Lughnasa (1996), Mad Forest (1993), Lion in the Streets (1992), Road (1991), Oil City Symphony (1990), A Lie of the Mind (1988)
Sterling Award (Edmonton), Outstanding Set Design: M. Butterfly (1994)
City of Edmonton, Award for Artistic Excellence (1995)
Syncrude Innovation in the Arts Award for Artistic Direction, Edmonton (1994)
MacEwan University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communication, Project Grant (2017, 2016, 2014)
Macewan University, Project Grant (2016)
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant (2016, 2013, 1997)
Edmonton Arts Council, Individual Project Grant (2016, 2015)
Edmonton Arts Council, Microgrant (2013)
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Individual Assistance Grant (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005)
Canada Council, Project Grant (2003, 1997)