Ph.D. Theatre, Bowling Green State University
M.A. Theatre, University of Northern Iowa
B.A. Drama/Speech, Clarke College
Jim is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies. He teaches First-Year Seminar, Introduction to Theatre Studies, Theatre History/Theory and is the course coordinator for Theatre in Society, the TPS General Education course.
He's a theatre generalist who has worked as an actor, director, deviser, dramaturg,
designer and puppeteer, Jim has also published and presented research on the history
of comic books, the development of musical theatre in the Harlem Renaissance, fan
culture, and the intersections of performance and sports in Major League Baseball
and professional wrestling.
Jim is consistently guided by the words of Vera Mowry Roberts, an early leader in academic theatre. “Theatre takes the student into many areas of human knowledge - literature, art, music, politics, economics, philosophy, science, invention - practically exploring all ... activities and ideas. The study of the theatre can be, and ideally is, the most liberalizing of all the liberal arts."