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James Ortiz

 
Bio:
Based in New York City, James Ortiz is a director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. He was recipient of the 2016 OBIE Award for Puppet Design for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman. Ortiz is co-artistic director of Strangemen & Company, which was founded founded in ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Based in New York City, James Ortiz is a director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. He was recipient of the 2016 OBIE Award for Puppet Design for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman. Ortiz is co-artistic director of Strangemen & Company, which was founded founded in ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Return Engagement, 2016
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Performer
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Strangemen & Co. Production, 2014
Performer

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Puppet Desginer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Puppet Design
 
[Regional (US), 2017]
Puppet Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Writer, Co-Director, Scenic/Puppet Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director
Scenic Designer
Puppet Designer

Writing

Playwright

Photos

Kennedy Kanagawa and James Ortiz Photo

Kennedy Kanagawa and James Ortiz

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Date:
05/05/2022
Montana Levi Blanco, James Ortiz, Cookie Jordan and Adam Rigg with Lileana Blain-Cruz Photo

Montana Levi Blanco, James Ortiz, Cookie Jordan and Adam Rigg with Lileana Blain-Cruz

From: 
Date:
02/25/2022
Clint Hromsco, James Ortiz Photo

Clint Hromsco, James Ortiz

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Date:
04/25/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Return Engagement, 2016
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Performer

Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Strangemen & Co. Production, 2014
Performer

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Puppet Desginer

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Puppet Design

[Regional (US), 2017]
Puppet Designer

[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Writer, Co-Director, Scenic/Puppet Designer

[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director

Scenic Designer

Puppet Designer

Writing
Playwright

James Ortiz Biography

Based in New York City, James Ortiz is a director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. He was recipient of the 2016 OBIE Award for Puppet Design for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman.

Ortiz is co-artistic director of Strangemen & Company, which was founded founded in 2010 by graduates of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase.

Through spectacular life-size puppetry and original music, the ensemble of Strangemen & Co. presented an inventive take on one of America’s original fairy tales. The Woodsman (which featured nine Purchase alums) debuted in 2012 at Standard ToyKraft in Brooklyn, followed by a 2013 run at the Ars Nova ANT Fest. It was produced Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in 2014[5] and 2015, and at New World Stages in 2016, where it concluded its its critically-lauded Off-Broadway run in May, 2016.

On and Off-Broadway Ortiz has designed for the Theatre for a New Audience, and The Public Theatre (King Lear), Shakespeare Theatre of DC (The Tempest) and The New Group (Mercury Fur) among others.

As a director, his work has been seen at New World Stages, Ars Nova, 59e59 and others. As an actor, Ortiz’s credits include The Woodsman (New World Stages), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre Co.), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino Theatre Co.), Wanda’s Monster (Making Books Sing).




James Ortiz News

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards Photo SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 16, 2022

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available below.

Review Roundup: INTO THE WOODS Opens at New York City Center Encores! Photo Review Roundup: INTO THE WOODS Opens at New York City Center Encores!
by Review Roundups - May 6, 2022

The New York City Center Encores! production of Into the Woods, which opened on May 4, is set to run through May 15. Directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet with music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Lorin Latarro, the special two week run is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Sondheim.

Photos: INTO THE WOODS Celebrates Opening Night Gala at Encores! Photo Photos: INTO THE WOODS Celebrates Opening Night Gala at Encores!
by Bruce Glikas - May 5, 2022

Performances officially began last night for New York City Center Encores! production of Into the Woods. Directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet with music direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Lorin Latarro, the special two week run of Into the Woods (through May 15) is dedicated to the memory of the legendary Stephen Sondheim. BroadwayWorld was on hand at the opening night gala performance, and you can check out photos of the company below!

Krystina Alabado, Angelica Maria Beliard & More to Lead Pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! a Photo Krystina Alabado, Angelica Maria Beliard & More to Lead Pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2022

Hartford Stage announced today the cast and creatives for its upcoming production of the East Coast Premiere of the hilarious Kiss My Aztec!

Review Roundup: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Opens On Broadway Photo Review Roundup: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Opens On Broadway
by Review Roundups - Apr 25, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater's production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Skin of Our Teeth, opens tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Photos: Go Inside the First Rehearsal for LCT's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Photo Photos: Go Inside the First Rehearsal for LCT's THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 25, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater is presenting Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Skin of Our Teeth. The production is directed by LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz, making her Broadway debut, and begins previews Friday, April 1 prior to opening on Monday, April 25 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Winners Announced For The 2021 BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards Photo Winners Announced For The 2021 BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards
by BWW Awards - Jan 10, 2022

Winners have been announced for 2021 first ever, by popular demand, BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards - celebrating theatre all across NYC!

BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize winner THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Is a Romp at Everyman Theatre Photo BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize winner THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Is a Romp at Everyman Theatre.
by Charles Shubow - Dec 20, 2021

Vote  For The 2021 BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards; First Standings Announc Photo Vote For The 2021 BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards; First Standings Announced!
by BWW Awards - Dec 13, 2021

Voting is now open for the 2021 first ever, by popular demand, BroadwayWorld Off/Off-Off Broadway Awards - celebrating theatre all across NYC!

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Reimagined At Everyman Photo THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Reimagined At Everyman
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2021

Everyman Theatre is gearing up for one of the most produced plays from the American canon, and the third offering in its LIVE 31st season, Thornton Wilder's romp through the ages, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. The production at Everyman Theatre is directed by Associate Artistic Director Noah Himmelstein and runs from December 7, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

James Ortiz Videos

VIDEO: First Look At HERCULES Starring Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez, James Monroe VideoVIDEO: First Look At HERCULES Starring Jelani Alladin, Krysta Rodriguez, James Monroe Iglehart And More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 6, 2019

The Public Theater's Public Works is putting the 'glad' in 'gladiator' with its glorious story of HERCULES! See footage from the show!

STAGE TUBE: Inside Look - THE WOODSMAN Original Off-Broadway Solo Recording Tugs the Heart Strings
by Stage Tube - Feb 14, 2017

The original music from off-Broadway's THE WOODSMAN - The Tragic Story of The Tin Man is available in a solo recording, composed and performed by violinist Edward W. Hardy. The album is produced by Jim McElwaine, and recorded and mixed by Jonathan Jetter at Right Angle Recording, New York, NY. Click below to listen to Hardy play a beautiful selection from the album in the recording studio! 

BWW TV: Rosie O'Donnell Goes Behind-the-Scenes with THE WOODSMAN Creator James Ortiz
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 5, 2016

The critically acclaimed new play THE WOODSMAN is a uniquely inventive retelling of the origins of Oz's Tin Woodsman, currently playing at Off-Broadway's New World Stages - Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street, NYC). Rosie O'Donnell, who is obsessed with the show, offered to sit down with the show's star, creator, designer and director James Hortiz to learn about the magical world he has created. Watch the interview below!

BWW TV: Go Back to the Origins of Oz with Highlights from THE WOODSMAN Off-Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2016

The critically acclaimed new play The Woodsman is a uniquely inventive retelling of the origins of Oz's Tin Woodsman, currently playing  at Off-Broadway's New World Stages - Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street, NYC). Based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. Back by popular demand, Strangemen & Co. brings this hauntingly beautiful Land of Oz to life through spectacular puppetry and original music. Click below to watch highlights from the production!

BWW TV: How Did the Tin Man Lose His Heart? Find Out in Rehearsal for THE WOODSMAN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 18, 2016

The critically acclaimed play The Woodsman, a uniquely inventive retelling of the origins of Oz's Tin Woodsman, will begin performances on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and officially open on Monday, February 8, 2016 (7:30) at Off-Broadway's New World Stages - Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street). The cast just met the press, and BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the event!

BWW TV: Watch Just-Released Trailer for Off-Broadway-Bound THE WOODSMAN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 6, 2016

The critically acclaimed play The Woodsman, a uniquely inventive retelling of the origins of Oz's Tin Woodsman, will begin performances on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and officially open on Monday, February 8, 2016 (7:30) at Off-Broadway's New World Stages - Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street). Check out a sneak peek below!

BWW TV: Naked Angels Previews SEAWIFE; Opens Tonight at South Street Seaport Museum
by TV - On the Road - Jun 25, 2015

The dynamic downtown theater company Naked Angels, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Liz Carlson, presents the World Premiere of SeaWife, a newfolk concert play co-created by Seth Moore (The Man With America Skin) and indie-folk rock sextet The Lobbyists.  SeaWife opens tonight for its limited summer engagement, through July 19, at South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery (213 Water Street) in New York's historic South Street Seaport district. 

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Extended Sneak Peek of THE WOODSMAN; Begins Previews Tomorrow!
by TV - Press Previews - Jan 12, 2015

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) and Strangemen & Co., in association with Robb Nanus and Rachel Sussman, present the return engagement of The Woodsman to 59E59 Theaters, Theater B (59 East 59 Street between Park and Madison Avenues). Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, with associate direction by Devin Dunne Cannon. The Woodsman begins performances Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and opens Sunday, January 18, 2015. The Woodsman will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive, extended sneak peek below!


James Ortiz Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has James Ortiz written?
James Ortiz has written 1 shows including The Woodsman (Playwright).