Theater arts

Trainer of generations of theater artists at SCF dies at 87

Throughout his lengthy profession as director of the theater program at what’s now State Faculty of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, John James influenced generations of future theater artists who’re utilizing his classes of their work in native productions and across the nation.

James, who died Friday in Bradenton at age 87, was co-founder with Ray LeBlanc of the theater division at what began as Manatee Junior Faculty and later grew to become Manatee Neighborhood Faculty. He served as director of theater and chair of the performing arts program from 1967 till his retirement in 1998. For one more decade, he stayed linked and labored as a visitor director.

“He by no means actually retired,” stated Kenneth Erickson, a former scholar who ultimately succeeded James earlier than retiring himself in 2015. “He was all the time coming in and doing stuff.”

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