Jim Blanchette

As a director, Jim has helmed mostly original works and is once again happy to be working with the creative team that presented the successful run of Renewal for Write Act Rep @ the Brickhouse Theatre in August 2015. Also for the stage, he directed the critically acclaimed world-premiere of The Devil’s Bride at the Write Act Repertory Theatre in 2005, and its subsequent remount in 2006. In 2005, Jim also directed Power in the Blood, the critically acclaimed hit for the award winning Alliance Repertory Company and producer Kyle Kulish.

Jim completely reimagined the work in 2012 for Pocketful Productions with an entirely African American cast. In 2006, he directed the one-act play The Table of the Heart as part of the event celebrating the works of author/playwright Joan Kessler. In 2008 he helmed Andrew Moore’s Three Small People in Very Big Shoes at Theatre Unleashed in Los Angeles. He directed Martini Shots at the Matrix Theatre in 2002, as well as Paul Casey’s An Evening for the Dear Departed at the Jewel Box Theatre Center.

Also at the JBTC, he was the co-director of The Last Laugh, the story of the infamous trial of Fatty Arbuckle. Other directing credits include GBLT: Gays, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes and Patriotism Unleashed, both at Theatre Unleashed, an original version of Peter Pan at the Melodrama in Bakersfield and The Magic Flute at his alma mater, South Dakota State University.

He also wrote, directed and musical directed Capers at SDSU, a campus variety show with a cast of over 100 singers, dancers and actors. No stranger to directing behind the camera, in 2009 Jim directed the entire first season of the web series Misadventures in Matchmaking starring Bodhi Elfman. That same year he also wrote, directed and appeared in the short film, Kerfuffle, for producer Tracy Littlejohn and Pocketful Productions.

Jim Blanchette has written numerous works for the stage. He has written several plays concerning sensitive subject matter, including the award winning one-act play Happy Hour, a dark comedy about the issue of alcoholism. He completed a companion piece for the afore-mentioned play which received its first reading in New York last year. Jim wrote the book, the lyrics and co-wrote the music for a full-length musical version of Rumplestiltskin, which had a successful run with the Papai Players in Chicago.

Jim and his writing partner John Lant also co-wrote an original adaptation of Peter Pan, which they each directed in separate productions at the Melodrama in Bakersfield, California. He was has also been a head or contributing writer to many sketch troupes in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas, including The 3rd Floor, Die Gruppe, TU F’n Funny, and Minnie Pearl Jam, as well as the productions GBLT: Gays, Bacon Lettuce and Tomatoes at Theatre Unleashed as well as Merry Filthy Christmas at Write Act Rep Los Angeles.

Jim and John are working on a zombie apocalypse script set at a musical theatre camp. Jim has written several screenplays, one of which is currently being considered for independent production. His first screenplay Locked Out, partially developed through The Little Company, is currently being re-written for a stage adaptation.