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James Dean Palmer - Director Resume 27 Phillips St | Providence, RI 02906 | c. 312.909.4432| palmer.jamesdean@gmail.com Portfolio at: http://jamesdpalmer.tumblr.com/ Directing Experience at Red Tape Theatre (unless noted) Lear by Young Jean Lee Ruby Wilder by Brooke Allen Tympanic Theatre Elephants Graveyard* by George Brant

_______________ 2013 2012 2012

*Jeff Recommended

Gingerbread House Pullman, WA*

by Mark Schultz by Young Jean Lee

2012 2011

*Time Out Chicago’s Top Ten Plays of 2011

Church Love of the Nightingale*

by Young Jean Lee by Timberlake Wertenbaker

2011 2010

*Jeff citation for Best Director and nominations for Best Production, Sound Design, Choreography, and Fight Choreography

Enemy of the People† Dog in A Manger† Pugilist Specialist Endgame Baden Lehrstück

by Robert Oakes by James D Palmer by Adriano Shaplin by Samuel Beckett by Bertolt Brecht

2009 2008 2008 2007 2006

Readings and Workshops One Minute Play Festival Multiple Playwrights The Thief and His Master by Greg Allen Madame Barker by Brooke Allen The Birthday Party (Ass’t Dir)by Harold Pinter BarackObama.com by Mat Smart Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley Dibs (Big Shoulders Festival)by Adrienne Dawes Fragile by Tena Stivicic Fixed Standard of Conduct by Michael Rychlewski Moments of Truth by A. Zell Williams The Wedding Reception by Anton Chekhov Coriolanus by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Jesusland by David Starkey Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford My Richard† by Joe Kendall

_______________ Victory Gardens Theatre 2013 First Floor Theatre 2013 Red Tape Theatre 2013 Steppenwolf Theatre 2013 American Theatre Company 2012 Akvavit Theatre 2012 Goodman Theatre 2011 American Theatre Company 2011 TUTA Theatre 2011 Chicago Dramatists 2011 American Theatre Co. 2011 St. Sebastian Players 2009 Red Tape Theatre 2006 Red Tape Theatre 2006 Red Tape Theatre 2005 Red Tape Theatre 2005 Red Tape Theatre 2005

Producing Experience at Red Tape Theatre Stadium Devildare by Ruth Margraff The Skriker by Caryl Churchill Brand by Henrik Ibsen Tragedy: A Tragedy by Will Eno Obscura: a voyeuristic love story† by Jennifer Barclay Prom Night (w/Les Enfants) † Devised by L.E.T. Mouse in a Jar *† by Martyna Majok

dir. Karen Yates dir. Eric Hoff dir. Max Truax dir. Jeremy Wechsler dir. Julieanne Ehre dir. Keyland Sher dir. Daria Davis

*Joseph Jefferson Award for Sound Design

† World Premier

_______________ 2013 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2009


Reviews_________________________________________________________________________________ LEAR “Four Stars!!! Unconventional, provocative, breathtaking. [Lear] will have particular resonance for, oh, everybody!” Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago “James Palmer’s smart production affords insights into the anguished, paradoxical bond between children and their parents.” Tony Adler, Chicago Reader “Director James Palmer works with an adept cast to give life and the illusion of direction to these narcissists and moral midgets.” Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Theatre Beat RUBY WILDER “Every element of James Palmer's brilliantly staged, terrifying Tympanic Theatre Company production amps up the tension” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader “Non-linear storytelling is tricky to pull off, but James D. Palmer’s direction keeps the action moving. A whirlwind with a chill that will be hard to shake as you exit into the brisk autumn darkness” Clint May, Chicago Critic “A gripping tale of revenge is expertly turned on it’s head… one of those rare productions where a fantastic cast and a fantastic script come together.” Anuja Vaidya, Chicago Theater Beat ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD Four Stars and Show of the Week – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago “Director James Palmer fills the Big Top with a-whole-lotta acts orchestrat[ing] carnies, townies and the sixpiece band in a relatively small space. The feel has all the death-defying marvel of a real-life circus.” - Katy Walsh, Chicago Theatre Beat “Director James D. Palmer creates a sepia-toned flashback with rootsy old-time songs from house band The New Switcheroo and a versatile cast that knows how to sing them.” Lisa Buscani, New City Chicago “Red Tape never breaks its spell and the pathetic slaughter of a five-ton rogue named Mary won’t be soon forgotten." Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Stage Style CHURCH/PULLMAN, WA Four Stars and Show of the Week – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago “One of the more arresting evenings of theater going on right now.” -Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune “Two dazzling one-acts by experimental playwright Young Jean Lee...Like the playlets themselves, James Palmer's immersive staging for Red Tape Theatre is funny, sad, strange and ultimately, unexpectedly uplifting” - Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader “Challenging, curious, free of artifice and utterly disarming.” 4 Stars! - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago “The pieces, both smartly directed by James Palmer, are highly immersive affairs”- Chicago Theatre Addict THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE "A futuristic, fully immersive, hyperstylized theatricality... Director James Palmer and his first-rate design team have conjured up a strange steam-punk universe of mannequins and dystopian violence. It's a helluva performance." - Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune “Palmer’s production is stunning, with images and scenes of immense power and thrilling theatricality. Full credit should go to the cast, an eye-popping 23, who commit fully to a challenging script and complex staging.” -Zev Valancy, CenterStage “Red Tape’s Love of the Nightingale was refreshing, bizarre, and remarkably resonant. Palmer and his cast explode the story into life, ripping it from its ancient Greek context and filling it with anachronism and theatricality. The dream team of designers Palmer amassed has concocted a marvelous world.” -Barry Eitel, Chicago Theatre Blog


Related Experience__________________________________________________________________ Artistic Director – Red Tape Theatre Company 2006-Present Responsibilities include season selection, oversight of production and administrative departments, strategic planning, board relations, fundraising, facilities management, accounting. The company includes an administrative team of 5 paid staff members, 12 volunteers and an ensemble of 17 artists. Executive Assistant – Steppenwolf Theatre Company 2007-2012 As assistant to the artistic and executive directors (Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson respectively), I received a birds-eye view of how a major regional theatre company is run. I handled finances, travel, and meeting coordination. Additionally, I attended department heads meetings, senior staff retreats, artistic office meetings and ensemble meetings. During my time at Steppenwolf, I helped with two major Broadway transfers, one national tour, one international tour, and several transfers. I have attended AEA negotiations and was the contact for SDC. I handled royalty payments for directors, authors, and visiting companies. During my time, Ms. Lavey served as President of the Board of the Theatre Communications Group and Mr. Hawkanson Served as Chair of Arts Alliance Illinois. Managing Director – Red Tape Theatre company 2005-2006 During this time I implemented the first strategic plan in Red Tape’s history which transformed the company from a collective occasionally producing plays into a steadily growing institution. Our budget over the past seven years has grown from $2,000 to an annual operating budget of nearly $80,000. Service to the Community___________________________________________________________ Vestry – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2009-Present Marketing Committee and Third Space Committee Trustee – League of Chicago Theatres 2009-2012 Finance Committee and Access Committee Lakeview Theatre District 2012-Present Planning Committee Executive Assistant Braintrust 2010-2011 Founder TCG 2010 Host Committee 2010 Chair of Late Night Party Committee Chicago Storefront Summit 2009 Committee Member Education_________________________________________________________________________ Brown/Trinity MFA Directing Program, Class of 2016 Genres Master Class with Zeljko Djukic, Artistic Director TUTA Theatre 2010 Directing II with Rick Corley – Acting Studio 2010 Directors Lab 2008 – Department of Cultural Affairs BA, Theatre Arts Major, Simpson College, May 2004


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