James McDonnell
Fine Arts Division Chair
Professor of Theatre
(559) 737-4801
Acting, Costume, Make-up, Musical Theatre, Theatre History, Intro to the Theatre, Cinema Arts, Shakespeare, Costume/Make-up Designer, Director

As part of the Theatre faculty at the College of the Sequoias, James teaches classes in acting, musical theatre, costume design and construction, make-up, and cinema. At COS, he has directed Blithe Spirit, Cabaret, Postmortem, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Moon Over Buffalo, Sweeney Todd, Lend Me a Tenor, Dangerous Liaisons, Macbeth: the Opera, Evita, Noises Off, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Quilters. In addition to directing, James is the resident costume designer at COS designing such shows as Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, Richard III, Guys and Dolls, and Big River. Around town you may have seen his work at the Enchanted Playhouse, directing such plays as The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, and Cinderella, and at The Fourth Wall Theatre performing as Sam Byck in Assassins, Ivan in Art, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. James’s professional credits include costume designer for the Kern Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night and Macbeth); assistant costume designer with the Missouri Repertoire Theater (Comedy of Errors, and The Seagull); wig stylist for the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the national tour of Miss Saigon; and key costumer for the Ang Lee film Ride with the Devil. In addition, James has worked extensively at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Mac-Haydn Theatre, and the UMKC Opera Conservatory. James holds a B.A. degree in Acting/Directing from DeSales University and an M.F.A. in Design/Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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