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Acting Classes

The Hooker-Dunham Theater has no new classes scheduled at this time but we will soon!


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Jim returns to his home ground, acting and teaching. From country disc jockey in Lansing, Michigan while getting an undergraduate degree in radio and television from Michigan State, doing some acting in the theater department, he went on to an MFA in acting at Penn State, where he had the good fortune to train with two brilliant teachers, Richard Edelman and Manuel Duque, both of whom were assistants to Sanford Meisner in the early days of Meisner's highly influential work with actors at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. While headquartered in New York in the following years, Jim traveled to regional theaters around the country and continued classes with Richard, Manuel, and with Michael Shurtleff. Favorite roles include Treplev in The Sea Gull, Horatio in Hamlet, Bluntschli in Arms & The Man, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Austin in True West, and Marlowe in She Stoops To Conquer. For livelihood and family, also for the challenge of it, Jim went to


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Vermont Law School. He clerked for Justice Ernest W. Gibson III at the Vermont Supreme Court, served as deputy state's attorney for Windham County and stayed with the law in private practice. Through these years he has continued teaching whenever possible, locally and teaming with Richard Edelman for workshops in New York and California. In the past few summers he has played the Father in Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, various roles in Mother Courage, and Tartuffe, all directed by Karla Baldwin for Apron Theater at Next Stage in Putney. He appears as Bill Blakely in Bryan Santiago's short film Grafton, gold award winner for Best TV Pilot at the International New York Film Festival for 2021.