JAMES WEBB   

Playwright  Teacher  Actor  Storyteller

ON A MISSION TO CREATE . . .


In a time before time, the One Spirit--the One True Mind--called forth a man child and said unto him, "Look out upon this world and tell me your desire."  And the child looked and saw, and he thought and whispered, "My desire is to grow and to be like you--to create worlds within worlds of people, places, and things, where souls traverse in search of their highest good." 

And the One Spirit smiled and said unto him, "My son, my beloved, your desire is good.  May you express and manifest your highest imagination."  And for that blessing, the child grinned and laughed, he ran and vowed to express himself fully and remain faithful to his call.  And so clothed and bejeweled in the image of his maker, the child set forth on a mission to create--worlds within worlds of people, places, and things where souls traverse in search of their highest good.  --James Webb

BIOGRAPHY - JAMES WEBB

Born and raised in Moss Point, Mississippi, James Webb discovered his love for theatre and storytelling at an early age.  Throughout his childhood, between church and school, he participated in a number of artforms, including choir and band, public speaking, and poetry.  Choosing the arts as his life path, he soon earned a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Florida A&M University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida.

As an actor, James has performed in New York and regional theatres across the US, including a year in Hong Kong in Disney's Festival of the Lion King.  Some of his notable credits include Dreamgirls (Curtis); Kiss Me Kate (Paul); Showboat (Joe);  Topdog/Underdog (Lincoln); Angels in America (Belize); and Before It Hits Home (Wendel).  In the world premiere of Ntozake Shange's latest play, Layla's Dream, James originated the role of P.T. 

As a playwright, James has written The Contract (Lorraine Hansberry National Playwriting Award); Mississippi Crossroad (formerly known as Black Widow); Wrestling With Angels; and Sibling Rivalry: a collection of four short plays.  His plays have been presented at the National Black Theatre Festival, the Frank Silvera's Writer's Workshop, the Black Theatre Network, the Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Kraine Theatre, the Producer's Club in New York, the FAMU Essential Theatre and the African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  In Summer 2011, James was a Kennedy Center fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. 

As an educator, James has served on the faculty of several institutions, including New York University, City College, the Bronx Community College, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the University of Florida.  He has taught courses and workshops in Acting, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Speech, Theatre History, Voice & Movement.  Currently, he resides in New York City, where he is completing a dissertation for his Ph.D. in Educational Theatre at New York University.   

James is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatist Guild, and the National Education Association.

In November 2007, he released his first book, a spiritual guide, entitled Morning Meditation