New Pages Spotlight: James Ijames

Hello again, Azuka friends and family —

Somehow we’re halfway through August, and regardless of what strange, confounding magic makes that possible, it means that summer as we know it is winding down. But as we move out of the under-dog-days, we creep ever closer to our season of amazing outcasts…and the New Pages readings that will showcase the talent of our seven New Pages playwrights.

Today’s New Pages spotlight is on James Ijames. James didn’t have time to provide some words for the post — which would be unfortunate, if it didn’t mean he’s probably busy writing! Write on — and readers, read from James’ New Pages bio.

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James Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre.

James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theatre Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), 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 Theatre, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden.

James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels In America and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwrighting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance 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 in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

Tai Alexander, Jane Petkofsky, and Taunya Ferguson in  The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington  at Ally Theatre Company // Photo: Teresa Castracane

Tai Alexander, Jane Petkofsky, and Taunya Ferguson in The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington at Ally Theatre Company // Photo: Teresa Castracane

WHITE  by James Ijames

WHITE by James Ijames

James in  Superior Donuts  at The Arden

James in Superior Donuts at The Arden

You can read more about James at his website, linked below. And, as with all of our New Pages playwrights, you can see James’ work read onstage next season! Have you caught all of our New Pages spotlights so far? If not, visit the Azuka Blog page to look back, starting with Jackie Goldfinger, all the way to last week’s highlight of New Pages’ newest member, Alexandra Espinoza.

Next Friday we hear from our LAST playwright…will you be tuning in?

- Lucas