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Jim Wood

W. James Wood


Associate Professor and Supervisor of Business for State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre

Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center 189G
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


W. James Wood is an Associate Professor of Theatre at South Dakota State University, where he also serves as Supervisor of Business for the department. During the summers he acts and directs with Prairie Repertory Theatre while also serving as the Supervisor of Audience Services. Prior to coming to SDSU, Jim ran the Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, South Dakota’s only year-round dinner theatre, for almost 10 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 Region 5 Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He has served Region 5 in multiple capacities over the years as a member of the Regional Advisory Board, member of the Selection Team, Theatre Management Coordinator, Stage Management Coordinator, production respondent, Assistant Coordinator for the Stage Crew Showdown and Directing Initiatives and workshop leader. 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/Expertise

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 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 of the Graduate Faculty
School of Performing Arts Faculty Council

Professional Memberships

Chair, Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Member of Theatre Communications Group

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

Applications of Research

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

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

Chameleon Love, 2014
Six Characters in Search of an Author - adaptation, 2017