About the Director
James J. Christy
For 38 years, Dr. Christy has been a professor and director with Villanova University’s theatre department, serving as chairperson of the department for 13 years. Last year, he directed Don Juan at Villanova Theatre and Proof at Arden Theatre Company locally, and had the pleasure of directing a new play, Never Tell, written by his son, Jimmy, for the New York International Fringe Festival. In 2003, he directed fellow faculty member Michael Hollinger’s Red Herring for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and received his sixth Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Merchant of Venice at The People’s Light & Theatre Company. Other recent credits include The Trojan Women, Arcadia, and The Passion of Christ at Villanova Theatre and The Laramie Project at Philadelphia Theatre Company, which received 2001 Barrymore Awards for Overall Production of a Play, Direction of a Play, and Outstanding Ensemble. This spring Dr. Christy will direct the Philadelphia Premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out at Philadelphia Theatre Company.