Jim DeVita

Core Company

Jim DeVita

2019 Bio: Jim, a native of Long Island, is pleased to be marking his 25th season with APT. Some of his favorite roles include The Poet in An Iliad; Eddie Carbone in View from the Bridge; and James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night, where he got to act opposite his friend and mentor Ken Albers. Jim is also a director and playwright, and the author of three novels: Blue, The Silenced and A Winsome Murder. He is a recipient of the NEA Literature Fellowship for Fiction and a member of Actor’s Equity, the Dramatist’s Guild, and the Author’s Guild. He would like to dedicate his work this season to Ken. 

Jim is an author and a theater director, as well as a member of the core acting company member and literary manager at American Players Theater, a classical repertory theater in Wisconsin. He has worked as an actor in Japan, Germany, Australia, Ireland, and around the United States; and also as a fisherman on Long Island for five seasons  

Along with his novels, A Winsome Murder, The Silenced, and Blue, Jim has also worked extensively as a playwright for young audiences. His work in the field has been acknowledged with The Distinguished Play Award from The American Alliance of Theater and Education; The Intellectual Freedom Award by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts; the Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwrighting Contest, and The American Alliance of Theater and Education honored his body of work with the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award.

His adult plays include: Learning to Stay, Babylon, Gift of the Magi (a musical adaptation); In Acting Shakespeare; The Desert Queen (the life of Gertrude Bell); Dickens in America; and Waiting for Vern, The Three Musketeers, and a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

The lion’s share of Jim’s acting work over the past twenty years has been in classical theater. He has performed in: Henry IV pt. 1 (2 times), Twelfth Night (2 times), King Lear (4 times), Romeo and  Juliet (5 times), Measure for Measure (2 times), The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor (3 times), Antony and Cleopatra, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost (2 times), Timon of Athens, Henry V, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing (2 times), Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew, Othello (3 times), Troilus and Cressida, Richard II (2 times), Richard III, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and Hamlet (2 times). My roles in these plays include respectively: Hotspur (2 times), Orsino, Fabian, Edmund (3 times), Oswald (2 times), Romeo (3 times), Sampson, Prince, Angelo, Pompey (2 times), Antonio, Master Ford, Parson Hugh, Pistol, Eros, Speed, Costard, Don Armado, Flavius, Fluellen, Dromio, Benedick, Don Pedro, Pericles, Philario, Leontes, Parolles (2 times), Petruchio, Iago (2 times), Pandarus, Lord Ross, Richard II, Richard III, Macbeth, Antony, Claudius, Hamlet, various Heralds, Attendants, Lords, Soldiers, the god Apollo, and Cypriot Gentleman Number 4.

Visit Jim's website at: www.jamesdevita.com

Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers