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Finalist for artistic director for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks on campus Nov. 19

November 15, 2013

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James Ricks, artistic director for the Henley Street Theatre in Richmond, Va. and a finalist for the position of artistic director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, will conduct a public forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Black Box Theatre on the campus of Montana State University.

The Black Box Theater is located in the Visual Communications Building at the corner of 11th and Grant.

A native of Victoria, B.C., Ricks has worked in theatre and television in New York and Washington, D.C.  He has performed in such venues as the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va., the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Clemson Shakespeare Festival and the Globe Theatre in Neuss, Germany.  He has also appeared in dozens of national and regional commercials, as well as several short films and industrials.

He earned his Master's of Fine Arts from the Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy of Classical Acting. He has appeared in several productions at The Shakespeare Theatre and began his work as a director in Maryland and Virginia. He has been with the Henley Street Theatre since 2009. He is a recent recipient of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for best direction for his 2013 production of" Julius Caesar" and was named one of Style Weekly Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ People Who Are Changing Richmond, Va.

He is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and is certified with the Society of American Fight Directors.

The successful candidate will succeed Joel Jahnke, who retired earlier this year after 36 years with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is an outreach program of MSU's College of Arts and Architecture. Performances each summer are supported by grants and corporate sponsorships as well as hundreds of individual donors who give what they can to keep the performances free and available to everyone in the touring area.


Nancy Cornwell, 994-4405,