James Ijames

Playwright + Performer

Plays Produced

Kill Move Paradise 

  • National Black Theatre New York, NY (Summer 2017)



  • Theatre Horizon Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2017)


Moon Man Walk                      

  • Orbiter 3 Playwrights Collective Philadelphia, PA (2015)


The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington      

  • Flashpoint Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA (2014)
  • Ally Theatre Washington, DC (Spring 2017)


FRoNTiN: The Post Soul Cakewalk

  • Spelman College Black Box Atlanta, GA (2013)


The Threshing Floor

  • Writer & Performer Mauckingbird Theatre Co. Philadelphia, PA (2010)



  • Temple University Black Theatre Collective Philadelphia, PA (2005)


Staged Readings

history of walking

  • Superb (2017) Playwrights Horizon and Clubbed Thumb
  • Theatre Exile (2017)


  • PlayPenn New Play Development Philadelphia, PA (2015)
  • Gulfshore Playhouse New Work Festival Naples FL (2015)
  • New York Theatre Workshop New York, NY (2016)

Kill Move Paradise

  • Interact Core Writers Weekend Philadelphia, PA (2015)

Moon Man Walk

  • Azuka Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA (2013)

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

  • PlayPenn New Play Development Philadelphia, PA (2013)
  • The Wilma Theatre Philadelphia, PA (2013)
  • National New Play Network New Play Festival San Diago, CA (2013)

By and By

  • Azuka Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA 2011

The Threshing Floor                                                              

  • Gloucester Stage Company Gloucester, MA 2007



Arden Theatre Company Commissioned Playwright (2015)

National Constitution Center Writer (2007-8)


Teaching and Affiliations

Assistant Professor               Villanova University Theatre Department

Founding Member                Orbiter 3 Playwrights Collective

Mentor                                  The Foundry


Professional Development

Interact Core Writers Groups

       Interact Theater Company Philadelphia, PA (2014-16)


Dael Orlandersmith Writers Residency

       Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA (2013)


Summer Lab with National Theatre of Scotland

       Approaches to Devising Work People’s Light and Theatre (2012)


Summer Lab with Epic Theatre

       People’s Light and Theatre (2011)


2010 Independence Foundation Fellows

        Paula Vogel Boot Camp

        Philadelphia Young Playwright Festival (2010)


Grants, Fellowships and Honors

2015 Pew Fellowship in the Arts

2014 Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding New Play for …Miz Martha

2011 F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award

2010 Independence Foundation Fellowship