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Will
« I have known Jim for over fifty years and have worked with him as a writer and theatre director. He is an excellent communicator of difficult ideas (we worked on several Samuel Becket plays) and he has a delightfully open and generous spirit. It would be to anybody‘s benefit to dedicate some serious time to working with Dr. James. »
$30/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Dr. James
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Essay writing
  • Oral Expression
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • Doctorate

Doctorate in English/Theatre with 20+ years experience in Performance, Rhetoric, and College Writing in Southern Maine

Methodology

I'm an enthusiast who believes in the power of language, on stage and on the page. I will encourage you to find the personal connection to material and the ability to organize your thinking, to find the central impulse of your ideas by developing your abilities to organize and clarify either your thesis or onstage motivation. I want to help you to relax and discover the joy of expression.

Background

Following a career in professional theatre (B'way, Off-B'way, TV, and Regional Theatre) I've dedicated my life to teaching (CUNY, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maine) College Writing (Composition, Creative Writing, Rhetoric) and Performance (Acting, Directing). I'm also a playwright who has taught hundreds of students in New York and Maine.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $120
Lessons offered by Dr. James
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
Taught subjects
  • Academic English
  • Essay writing
  • Oral Expression
  • Dissertation and thesis writing preparation
  • Rhetoric
Levels
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • Doctorate

Dr. James's resume

James Seymour, PhD / MA/ BFA

Current Employment [2011 - Present] Adjunct Professor of English & Film, University of Maine-Augusta
 English Composition (College Writing), American Film, Intro to Film
 [2017] Director, Beckett In Brief, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Boston

Prior
Employment:

[2011 - present] Adjunct Professor in English & Film, University of Maine-Augusta

[2004 - 2011] Associate Professor of Theatre (full-time), University of Guam, Mangilao, GU
 Acting, Directing, Intro to Theatre, English Composition, English Literature (Director, 25 productions, UOG Island Theatre)

[2000 - 04] Adjunct Professor of Theatre, Queens College, City University of New York
• Acting, Dramatic Literature, Intro to Theatre

[2002] Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University (Writing Program)
Lecturer: Expository Writing

[2001] Cider Mill Playhouse, Endicott, NY
 Director: The Mousetrap

[1999 - 2000] Associate Professor of Acting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Acting (Full-time/Graduate/Undergrad)
• Director: UNC Kenan Theatre (The Bacchae, The Sneeze)

[1995 - 1999] Adjunct Professor of English, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY
• British Literature, English Composition

[1992 - 97] Adjunct Professor of Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College, NYC
 Acting, Directing, Script Analysis
 Director: Marymount Manhattan Theatre (Road)

[1991 - 92) Professional Children’s School, NYC
 Drama Teacher/ESL
• Director: This Is A Test, Animal Farm

[1989 - 91] Adjunct Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York
• Speech, Public Speaking

Professional Theatre:

[1991] Signature Theatre Company, NYC
Actor: The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks (Bates)
[1991] CBS Television, NYC
Actor: Kate and Allie (Older Chip) [two episodes]
[1991] Nickelodeon Television
Actor: Yours Truly (Father)
[1989] CBS Television, NYC
Actor: Song of Myself (Whitman’s companion w/Rip Torn)
[1987] Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT
Actor: The Torchbearers (Twiller)
[1986] Dock St. Theatre, Charleston, SC
Actor: The Foreigner (Charlie)
[1985] Birmingham Theatre, Detroit
Director: I Love My Wife (Alvin) [w/ B’way cast]
[1983] District 1199 Cultural Center, NYC
Actor: Take Care, Take Care [musical tour]
[1982] Trinity Repertory Company, Providence
Actor: Translations (Owen)
[1981] Portland Stage Company, ME
Actor: The Dining Room (Ensemble)
[1980 - 81] Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT
Actor: Privates On Parade (Kevin) [American Premiere w/ Jim Dale,
Arvin Brown, Dir.]
Solomon’s Child [World Premiere, John Tillinger, Dir.]
[1980] National Science Foundation
Actor: Genetic Fix (Host/Narrator) [Film Documentary]
[1980] Charlotte Repertory Company, NC
Actor: Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (Ken)
LuAnn Hampton Laverty Oberlander (Corky)
[1979-80] Playwrights’ Horizons, NYC
Actor: Company (David) [w/ Peter Evans, Christine Beranski, Oh, What a Lovely War!
[1979] Watertower Theatre, Chicago, IL
Actor: I Love My Wife (Alvin) [B’way Tour]
[1979] American Stage Festival, NH
Actor: Feathertop (Tom)
[1979 - 80] Manhattan Theatre Club/Berkshire Theatre Festival
Actor: Four Years After the Revolution [Musical by Richard Peaslee]
[1978] The Colorado College, CO
Visiting Professor: Acting
[1978] Ethel Barrymore Theatre [B’way]
Actor: I Love My Wife [Alvin] [w/ James Naughton/Tony Award, Best
Musical, 1977]
[1978] Franklin Pierce College, NH
Director: Hot L Baltimore
[1976 - 78] Peterborough Players, NH
Actor: Playboy of the Western World (Christy), Our Town (George), Absurd Person Singular (Sidney), Hay Fever (Simon), Ah, Wilderness (Richard), The Autumn Garden (Frederick)
Director: All The Way Home, The Rimers of Eldritch
[1978] Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC
Director: All The Way Home
[1978] CBS Television, NYC
Actor: On Our Own (Tommy) [James Borrows, Dir.]
[1977] Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY
Actor: Scapino (Leonardo) [Grover Dale, Dir.]
[1977] New Lafayette Theatre, NYC
Actor: The Blood Knot (Morris)
[1976] Circle Repertory Company, NYC
Actor: St. Freud (Benjamin) [World Premiere by David Ives]
[1975] Equity Library Theatre, NYC
Actor: The Zykovs (Misha) [American Premiere by Maxim Gorky)
[1973 - 74] Lucille Lortel Theatre (Off-B’way)
Actor: Moonchildren (Mike) [Obie Award: Best Director, John Pasquin]
[1972] The New Theatre (Off-B’way)
Actor: Small Craft Warnings (Bobby) [World Premiere w/ Tennessee
Williams]
[1971] Museum School of Boston
Director: Krapp’s Last Tape
[1970 - 71] Theatre Company of Boston
Actor: The Peacemaker, The Love of Don Perlimplin
[1970] Boston University Theatre
Actor: The Emperor Jones (Smithers), The Beggar’s Opera (Mat)
[1969] La Mama ETC, NYC
Actor: Approaching Simone [World Premiere by Megan Terry/Obie]
[1968] Centennial Theatre, University of Kentucky
Actor: King Lear (Edgar), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony)
[1966 - 67] Dorset Playhouse, VT
Actor: Bye, Bye Birdie (Conrad), Guys and Dolls (Harry)

Education:

[1989 - 97] The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
M.A., Ph.D.
• Theatre History: Ralph Allen
Theory: Marvin Carlson, Daniel Gerould
Classical Literature: Daniel Gerould, Judith Milhous, Marvin Carlson
Modern Lit:: Harry Carlson, Stanley Kauffmann, Arthur Schlesinger
Film: Stanley Kauffmann, Leonard Quart
Playwriting: Romulus Linney
Participatory Workshops: Peter Brook, Anne Bogart, Andre Serban
• Dissertation: Holy Ghosts and Hidden Histories: The Theatre of
Romulus Linney, 1967-1995 [UMI Diss.Serv.,MI]

[1967 - 71] Boston University School of the Arts (Acting)
B.F.A.

Contributing Author: Peter Brook: Oxford to Orghast, Eds. Richard Helfer
and Glenn Loney [Harwood Academic Pub., 1998]
Contributing Columnist (weekly): The Marianas Variety (film reviews)
Grantee: Guam Council of Arts and Humanities (Island Theatre)
Award Winner: 2018 Elliott Norton Award [Boston Theatre Critics] (Best Boston Production)
Editorial Advisory Board: Theatre: It’s Art and Craft, 4th Ed. (Collegiate)
Radio Host: Pacific Swing (Weekly Jazz Program), WKPRG (NPR) [five years]
Conference Paper: Mid-America Theatre Conference, Omaha (03/12/98)
[Romulus Linney and America’s Urge for Spiritual Identity]

THREE PLAYS (Amazon/Kindle)
Life Buoy (play)
Astrid’s Dream (play based on material by and about Aphra Behn)
Primitive People (stage adaptation of novel by Francine Prose)
Two Lovers (two one-act plays)
BIG DATA (play)

Membership:

Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors’ Guild, AFTRA, PATFA, AAUP

Piano, Guitar, Tennis

Audition Porter 2 / Audition Brabantio.mp3 (YouTube)




The 4 reviews on Dr. James
  • 5/5

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4 recommendations

W
Will

I have known Jim for over fifty years and have worked with him as a writer and theatre director. He is an excellent communicator of difficult ideas (we worked on several Samuel Becket plays) and he has a delightfully open and generous spirit. It would be to anybody‘s benefit to dedicate some serious time to working with Dr. James.

L
Larry

*lifelong trusted friend and colleague
*dynamic, warm hearted, up to date, smart, scholarly, and down to earth
*great writing and communication skills
*always has the interests and needs of students in mind
*his drama background aids in his delivery, articulation of his teaching

C
Christopher

Dr. James Seymour has asked me to write a letter in support of his application to become a tutor on Superprof. I do so unreservedly. I first came to know and admire Jim when he was a teaching colleague in English and the Director of Theater at the University of Guam. I was Jim’s supervisor when I served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and he was an Associate Professor of Theater. Jim consistently taught writing and literature courses for the Division of English and Applied Linguistics, to rave reviews. I was strongly impressed by Jim’s teaching, focused on improving learning outcomes, and his professional ethos. Since his departure from Guam to attend to family issues in Maine, he has been sorely missed in the theater and classroom. The faculty and students miss his exuberance and New England wit.
Jim’s college teaching experience can be traced back to the rigorous training and experience he received at CUNY and Rutgers. He is well read, brimming with sharp observations and insights. I heard students rave about his writing courses, which included cutting edge material in rhetoric and the analysis of ideology. His professional background, which includes directing plays and writing film reviews, lends a pragmatic and concrete atmosphere to his courses, where students appreciate hands-on assignments that compel them to write essays that matter, letters to editors, and analyses of current debates and events. Jim reads constantly, more than my English colleagues, and we often share book and film recommendations. I am currently publishing a scholarly book review by Jim in the academic journal, Micronesian Educator, of which I am editor. This is evidence of his continuing engagement, his astonishing energy, and his luminous intellect.

M
Martin

I've known Dr. Jim for over 30 years now, since we were doctoral students together in New York. He is a humorous, honest and compassionate teacher, who knows his topics well and understands students' needs; this is an ideal combination for teachers and tutors. Jim is has also taught professionally around the country and around the world all his life, making him a savvy professional and dependable colleague. He is a great guy to have on one's team.

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