James Beaudry (he/him) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Theatre with the department of Theatre and Dance. He has served as Producing Artistic Director for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, on the senior staff of New York Stage and Film as Company Manager for their annual Powerhouse Season of new plays and musicals in various stages of development. Prior to that, James served for eight years as Artistic Director of Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois.
James has directed, choreographed or produced more than 125 productions. A proud member of SDC, his directing and choreography credits include the world premieres of Mark Twain’s Blues (Off-Broadway) and Jason & Ben (NYMF), as well as choreography for Pride & Prejudice at Long Wharf Theatre, the Chicago premiers of Heathers the Musical (Jeff Award nomination for outstanding direction of a musical), Murder Ballad (Jeff Award nomination for outstanding direction of a musical) & Meet John Doe.
Additional directing and choreography credits include Other Desert Cities, To Master The Art (Theatre of Western Springs), Sweeney Todd, Aspects of Love, The Most Happy Fella and Pump Boys & Dinettes (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), Lucky Stiff and Triumph of Love (The Music Theatre Company), West Side Story (CUNY 50th Anniversary Production), Anything Goes, Into The Woods, Chicago, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Children of Eden, Big Fish, Titanic, Evita, Carousel, The Wedding Singer, Hair, Constellations, All Shook Up and Sister Act.
James served on the directing team for Leo Burnett’s Leo On Ice, an original, Broadway-scale rock opera that premiered at the historic Chicago Theatre as a throwback to the corporate industrials of the mid to late 20th Century. The project was shortlisted for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the category of Branded Content & Entertainment.
As an educator, James has taught for the acclaimed Tada! Youth Theatre in New York City. He has had the privilege to spend time in residence as a guest artist and director with Baldwin Wallace University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, North Central College and The College of Wooster. James has also served as a peer reviewer for Oxford University Press, Dance & Music Division.