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Jim Wood

Jim Wood


Artistic Director of Theatre & Dance, Professor

Office Building

The Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center 189E
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Professor W. James Wood is the Artistic Director of Theatre at South Dakota State University. During the summers he acts and directs with Prairie Repertory Theatre. Prior to coming to SDSU, Jim ran the Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, South Dakota’s only year-round dinner theatre, for almost 9 years. An actor, director, designer, manager and playwright, he prides himself on being considered a theatre generalist. He directed the premier production of his new play Chameleon Love in fall 2014. Specific areas of interest include stage combat, dialects and management. Jim is also the Immediate Past Region 5 Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He is currently serving on the KCACTF National Committee as a Member-At-Large. His production of Escape From Happiness was an invited production to the Regional Festival in 2003.


Minnesota State University - Mankato, MFA in Directing, 2003
University of South Dakota, BFA, 1999

Academic Interests

Acting, Directing, Dialects, Arts Administration, Stage Combat, Stage Management, Playwrighting, Musical Theatre

Academic Responsibilities

I have taught the following courses at SDSU:
THEA 100: Introduction to Theatre
THEA 131: Introduction to Acting
THEA 135: Theatre Activities- Acting
THEA 243: Stage Makeup
THEA 251: Play Analysis
THEA 351: Directing
THEA 375: Theatre Arts Management
THEA 452: Stage Management
THEA 455: Advanced Acting
THEA 492: Special Topics - Stage Combat
THEA 492: Special Topics - Playwriting

Committee Activities

Member-at-Large, National Executive Committee, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) 2022-2025
F.O. Butler Advisory Board (2022-present)
Chair, Response Guidelines Task Force, KCACTF, 2020
Chair, Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (2018-2021)
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (2019-2022)
Member of the Graduate Faculty (2012-present)
School of Performing Arts Curriculum Committee (2020-2021)
School of Performing Arts Faculty Council (2018-2020)

Professional Memberships

Theatre Communications Group

Awards and Honors

2023 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Creative Activity
2021 F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Community Service
2022 Kennedy Center American Theater Festival Gold Medallion
2023 J.P. Hendrickson Liberal Arts Faculty Scholar/Herbert Cheever Jr. Lecture

Work Experience

Executive Director, Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, 2011-2012
Artistic Director, Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, 2003-2012
Assistant Professor of Theatre, University of Sioux Falls, 2005-2009

Creative Activities

The Escape Thingy (2023)
Little Egypt (staged reading) 2023
Rumors, 2023
Stop Kiss, 2023
She Kills Monsters, 2022
The Escape Thingy (staged reading) 2022
The Play That Goes Wrong 2022
The Little Prince 2022
The Thanksgiving Play 2021
God of Carnage, 2021
Reflections (Devised Collaborator), 2020
Pluto, 2020
Jekyll & Hyde, 2019
The Wizard of Oz 2019
Various Useful Things (Staged Reading), 2019
The Addams Family, 2018
Bye Bye Birdie, 2018
True West, 2018
Rent, 2017
Six Characters In Search of An Author, 2017
Next Fall, 2016
Hairspray, 2016
Out of Order, 2016
Escape From Happiness, 2016
Bonnie & Clyde, 2015
The Sound of Music, 2015
Moon Over Buffalo, 2015
Chameleon Love, 2014
The Lone Star Love Potion, 2014
The Shape of Things, 2014
Zombie Prom, 2013
State Fair, 2013
The Wizard of Oz, 2013
Legally Blonde, 2012

Silverstar Carwash Commercial (2023)
Sanford Health Campaign (print and digital) 2023
Regional Honda Commercial 2020
Regional Bank Commercial, 2019
Mitch in Tuesdays With Morrie, 2018
Frank in Over the River and Through the Woods, 2017
Man 1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, 2017
Gunnar Johnson in Don't Hug Me, 2016
Donkey in Shrek, 2014
Floyd Spinner in Love, Sex, and the I.R.S, 2013
Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, 2012

To Hell With the Chief, (in progress)
Woke 2021
Chameleon Love, 2014
Six Characters in Search of an Author - adaptation, 2017