James Ijames

Playwright + Performer



Photo by Ashley Smith

Photo by Ashley Smith

Gem of the Ocean

by August Wilson

Arden Theatre Company

“The Arden’s production, under James Ijames’ strong direction, is wildly theatrical and deeply emotional and not to be missed.” Toby Zinman for Philadelphia Inquirer

The Gospel according to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and the Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

by Scott Carter

Lantern Theatre Company

“Lantern Theater's production, directed with plenty of style by James Ijames, makes a theology debate – not the usual topic for a comedy – both entertaining and intriguing. You'll laugh and you'll ponder.” Toby Zinman for Philadelphia Inquirer

Photo by Mark Garvin

Photo by Mark Garvin


Pretty Fire

by Charlayne Woodard

Theatre Horizon

“Despite the darker moments, James iJames direction amplifies Simpson's ebullience, having her evoke each narrative fragment with the giddy imagination of a schoolgirl.” Jim Rutter for Philadelphia Inquirer

Academic Directing

The Book Club Play

by Karen Zacarias Villanova Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare Villanova Theatre


by Jose Rivera Villanova Theatre


by Sarah Ruhl                                             Villanova Theatre

Michael and Edie

by Rachel Bond                            Villanova Theatre


Seven Guitars

by August Wilson                             Rowan University Theatre Department