Jim is two-time past president of The Old Pros, and followed in the foot steps of Shirley Lasagna and Ruth May in the building of the club’s reputation.
He grew up in the beach city of Redondo Beach and became interested in theatre as a way to overcome an intensely shy nature. He studied Theater Arts, as well as a major in Political Science, in high school and into college.
In his late teens, he attempted various stints in theatre with very little success. After hundreds of casting calls, minor appearances in inexpensive, not very good shows and industrial film, he was forced to make the choice between “ terminal dish pan hands,” the curse of the out-of-work actor’s jobs, and getting a steady job and enjoying a real wife and family!
Retiring at fifty five, Jim found this wonderful community had great golf facilities and a great theater and offered a chance to resurrect the acting “Muse.”
Over the past thirteen years, Jim has worked in and on productions for Theatre Guild and The Old Pros inside the community and Camino Real Theater, No Square Theater, Gallimaufry Performing Arts, and Reader’s Repertory in various venues around Orange County. In addition, he has performed in various independent playlets and readings also.
Besides acting, directing, and producing, Jim has written or co-written three musicals and is currently working on two plays.
Some of the works in which Jim has appeared are: Second Time Around, The Mouse Trap, Blythe Spirit, Annie Warbucks, Into The Woods, Philadelphia Story, 42nd Street, Of Mice and Men, Sunrise at Campobello, and Meet Me In St. Louis!
Theatre, in all its aspects, is Jim’s life-long love, and he wishes everyone could enjoy that feeling as well!