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JAMES IJAMES is a Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony Award nominated playwright, a director and educator.



James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, Wilma Theatre, Theatre Exile, Azuka Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre, JACK, The Public Theater (NYC), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Definition Theatre, Timeline Theater (Chicago IL) Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden.

James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company and Gem of the Ocean with Arden Theatre. James is a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ....Miz Martha, a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award, a 2019 Kesselring Prize for Kill Move Paradise, a 2020 and 2022 Steinberg Prize, the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama recipient and a 2023 Tony nominee for Best Play for Fat Ham

James was a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective.

He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James an Associate Professor of Theatre at Villanova University. He resides in South Philadelphia.


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James Ijames Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Play

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2023 - John Gassner Award for New American Play

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Obie Awards - 2022 - Special Citation

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The Pulitzer Prize - 2022 - Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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The Barrymore Awards - 2012 - Outstanding supporting actor in a play

James IjamesAngels in America part one: Millennium Approaches

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Interview: m And Xavier Pacheco of FAT HAM at The Old Globe

Interview with m and Xavier Pacheco from 'Fat Ham' now playing at the Old Globe through June 23rd.
Video: First Look at FAT HAM at The Old Globe

The Old Globe is presenting the five-time Tony Award nominee and 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Fat Ham by James Ijames, featuring original direction by Saheem Ali. See footage from the show!
SHE WAS HERE World Premiere & More Set for Austin Playhouse 25th Anniversary Season

Austin Playhouse 2024-25 Season will include a world premiere, an outlandishly fun musical, a thought-provoking masterpiece, and more. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: FAT HAM at The Old Globe

'Fat Ham' is a dynamic, tragic, and comedic, remixing key moments of the original into a one-act exploring societal roles and expectations, toxic family dynamics, and being true to yourself in a wholly entertaining and creative way. “Fat Ham” is playing at the Old Globe through June 23rd.
Exclusive Photos: First Look at FAT HAM at The Old Globe

BroadwayWorld has your exclusive first look at Fat Ham at The Old Globe!
The Inspired Acting Company Announces A DOLL'S HOUSE, And More for Second Season Lineup

The Inspired Acting Company has announced its second season, featuring a dynamic mix of plays and a musical, following six critically acclaimed productions, the company is set to deliver another year of theatrical experiences.
The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia Receives 2024 Regional Theatre Tony Award

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The honor recognizes a regional theatre company that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally.
INTO THE WOODS, FAT HAM & More Set for Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2025 Season

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announces its 2025 season, celebrating its 90th anniversary with nine productions, including Shakespearean works, classics, August Wilson, and INTO THE WOODS, from March 7 to October 26.
Stage West Reveals 2024-25 Season Lineup

Stage West has announced the lineup for its 46th season!   The new season will feature six shows, two of which will be co-productions. Learn more about the lineup here!
Black Shoulders Legacy Award Invites New Applications

The Philip Akin Black Shoulders Legacy Award steering committee is accepting applications for the 2024 Awards, to be given to five performing and non-performing artists who show promise and are working towards a future in theatre.
Video: Watch Charades Night with the FAT HAM Cast on SIT AND SIP

Watch the cast of Fat Ham at Theatre Square test their acting skills with a game of charades on Sit and Sip in the video here!
The Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group Present Story/Teller Arts: Quiara Alegría Hudes on MY BROKEN LANGUAGE

The Center for Fiction, a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that has created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Story/Teller Arts: Quiara Alegría Hudes on My Broken Language: A Theater Jawn.
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld May 8, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is May 8, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
James Ijames' GOOD BONES, Delacorte Theater Reopening & More Set for The Public Theater 24-25 Season

The Public Theater has revealed the line-up for The Public’s 2024-25 Season. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.
Island City Stage Reveals 2024-25 Season Lineup

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, a new twist on a  beloved musical, a new comedy and more will bring powerful storytelling and fun to theatre-goers during Island City Stage's 13th South Florida Season beginning October 17.
New Musical NOISE, FAT HAM & More Set for Wilbury Theatre Group 24/25 Main Series Season

The 2024/25 season at Wilbury Theatre Group, featuring the Rhode Island premieres and more has been revealed. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.
Find Out Who's Receiving 2024 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre and Special Tony Awards

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that the honorees for the 2024 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, as well as Special Tony Awards.
The Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group Present STORY/TELLER ARTS: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins with Jocelyn Bioh

Join the Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group for Story/Teller Arts: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins with Jocelyn Bioh.
Video: Go Behind the Scenes of FAT HAM with Monteze Freeman and LaTrea Rembert on SIT AND SIP

Special guests Director Monteze Freeman and actor LaTrea Rembert from TheatreSquared's 'Fat Ham' join Trey Smith for an episode of Sit and Sip. Listen to them discuss the show, being an artistic director, and the magic of co-productions in the video here!
Video: Watch a Q&A with FAT HAM at TheatreSquared Director Monteze Freeland

Director Monteze Freeland, co-Artistic Director at City Theatre, discusses the process of directing Fat Ham at TheatreSquard.

James Ijames FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has James Ijames been nominated for?

James Ijames has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Fat Ham," the John Gassner Award for New American Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fat Ham," a Special Citation at the Obie Awards for "Fat Ham," the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Fat Ham," and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play at The Barrymore Awards for "Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches."

What awards has James Ijames won?

James Ijames has won several awards, including the John Gassner Award for New American Play from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fat Ham," a Special Citation from the Obie Awards for the same play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Fat Ham," and the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play at The Barrymore Awards for his role in "Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches."

How many shows has James Ijames written?

James Ijames has written 1 shows including Good Bones (Playwright).

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