James McDermott

James McDermott

Part Time Faculty and Production Mentor for MFA Stage Management Specialization 

Jimmie has stage managed across the country at theatres in cities including New York, Princeton, Charleston, Washington D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. Here in the Southern California area he has stage managed for Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatres) the Geffen/Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles Theatre Center, LaJolla Playhouse and South Coast Repertory.  Jimmie is in his fifth five-year elected term on the Council of Actors™ Equity Association, the governing body of his fellow actors and stage managers union. Also, at AEA, he is a vice chair of the Western Board of Directors, chairman of the Western regional Stage Manager’s and LORT Committees. In 2001 he was the first stage manager to be named as the outstanding professional stage manager in whose name the USITT Outstanding Stage Manager Award was given. In June 2014, Jimmie received the Del Hughes Award from the National Stage Managers Association for his career achievements in Stage Managing. The 2016/2017 school year marks Jimmie's 21st year on the faculty of CalArts.