James DeFelice

A writer, actor, director and teacher, James DeFelice has lived in Edmonton since 1969. His parable plays, The Elixir, Fools and Masters, The Merchants of Dazu, and The Bird Prince, have received productions across Canada and the United States. Fools and Masters was presented at the Factory Theatre Lab. His romantic comedy Take Me Where the Water's Warm has been produced by numerous companies, including Edmonton's Northern Light Theatre and Festival Lennoxville. His screenplay for Why Shoot the Teacher, adapted from the Max Braithwaite novel, was awarded an Etrog, and his screenplay for Angel Square, co-written with Anne Wheeler, was nominated for a Genie. Seven of his radio plays have been broadcast on CBC, and his teleplay This Mortal Coil has been broadcast in Canada and Australia. He served as Festival Dramaturge for the 2009 Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival in Saskatoon and directed two new plays for the 2010 Spring Festival in Regina. He directed the Canadian premiere of Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel for Edmonton's Shadow Theatre and Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit Theatre. For Edmonton's Theatre Network, he directed the Canadian premiere of Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton and acted in Eugene Stickland's Closer and Closer Apart.