American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
Jim, a native of Long Island, is pleased to be marking his 27th season as an actor and director with APT. Some favorite roles include The Poet in An Iliad; Eddie Carbone in View from the Bridge; James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night; Hamlet; Macbeth, Richard III; and Benedick. Directing credits: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Richard III, and Gift of the Magi. Jim is also a playwright and the author of three novels: The Silenced, A Winsome Murder, and the 2021 release of Blue—20th Anniversary Revised Edition. Jim is delighted to be premiering his newest play, An Improbable Fiction, on the APT stage this season. Thanks to all who collaborated on the project. And thanks to Will, who inspired it. Jim is a recipient of the NEA Literature Fellowship for Fiction and a member of Actor’s Equity, and the Dramatist’s Guild.
Jim 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 novel, and adult plays, 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: An Improbable Fiction, Learning to Stay, Christmas in Babylon, Gift of the Magi (a musical adaptation); In Acting Shakespeare; The Desert Queen (the life of Gertrude Bell); Dickens in America; Waiting for Vern, The Three Musketeers, and his 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