Ann C. James

Altruistic director/producer with a strong consultancy background within corporate environments. Specializing in intimacy consultation and advocacy, group dynamics, curriculum development and motivational communication in professional educational, entertainment and business models.

ACCOMPLISHED HIGHLIGHTS

  • First Black Intimacy Director on Broadway (Pass Over, 2021)
  • First Black Woman to serve as Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre
  • MFA Candidate in Performance Pedagogy
    Loyola Marymount University – 2023
  • Founder, Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC)
  • Member, Arts Administrators of Color
  • Associate Member of SDC
  • Co-Creator of the only Intimacy podcast, “Intimacy Choreography in Conversation”
  • Co-Founder of Black Bee Entertainment, (blackbeeentertainment.com)
  • Intimacy Consultant Actor’s Equity and A.R. T./New York
  • Intimacy Direction Panel Member, Los Angeles Theatre Alliance (LATA)
  • Intimacy Consultant – East Los Angeles College Theatre Faculty
  • Executive Aide to Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (won, 1976)
  • Lead Fundraiser, AIDSFONDS, Amsterdam
  • Directors LAB – Lincoln Center, New York City
  • IWPS Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, Shanghai

SPEAKING

  • TEDx Talks

  • K
  • eynote Speaker Shanghai

  • Panelist

  • Prevention of FGM in Sudanese Culture, Khartoum

  • Panelist

  • British Chamber of Commerce-Women in the Workplace

  • Panel Moderator
    Intimacy in LA, SDCF

    INTIMACY PROJECTS

    Broadway

    Pass Over by Antionette Nwandu – Intimacy Coordinator

    Off-Broadway

    Seven Deadly Sins by Tectonic Theater Project – Intimacy Director / Sensitivity Specialist

    The Aftermath – Lucille Lortel Theatre / Howard University – Intimacy Director

    Seize the King – Harlem Classical Theatre

    Televsion

    The Shrink Next Door – Apple TV+ Principals Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd-Intimacy Coordinator (8 episodes)

    ROAR – Apple TV+ Principals Cynthis Enrivo and Issa Rae-Intimacy Coordinator (3 Episodes)

    Regional

    N*gga B*tch by June Carryl – Vagrancy Theatre (Los Angeles) – Virtual Theater -Director

    A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction – Baltimore Center Stage – Intimacy Director

    Film

    Northern Shade – Independent Feature – Intimacy Coordinator

    Stu – Feature film – Producer / Principal Actor, Mark Wahlberg – Intimacy Coordinator

    EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE

    Artistic Director, Celebration Theatre

    Celebration theatre is the longest running LGBTQIA2S+ theater company in The United States. In 2022 the non-profit organization will enjoy its 40th anniversary. I am the first Black woman in this position.

    Owner, Facilitator, Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC)- 

    ICOC is the only registered company focusing on training the world’s upcoming Intimacy Coordinators and Directors of Color. We emphasise qualified credentialed graduates and we are resolute in making sure that equal representation in this new field reflects the entertainment industry. ICOC supports Brave Space for Actors of Color.

    Executive Producer-Amaranth Media- Los Angeles

    Amaranth Media is a company dedicated to raising the voices of  marginalized  groups of society through compelling media and theatrical projects. Amaranth endeavors to be a leader that brings forward inclusive and diverse stories and to work within larger organisations and companies to that end. Our first documentary, Black Vietnam: Into the Light has been awarded 5 Official Selections and won the prestigious Next Generation Indie Film Award 2021 for Best Short by a 50+ Filmmaker. 

    2010-2018 Executive Producer-DreamWeaver Productions Amsterdam/Shanghai

    DreamWeaver was a registered production company celebrating 50 productions of award-winning plays and musicals. DW served audiences of Shanghai through creative public events, excursions and live entertainment for adults and children. Skills: Hiring staff, all casting, interaction with international media sources, timelines, scheduling, budget development, logistics.

    2012- 2013 Walt Disney Corporation-DisneyEnglish Shanghai

    DisneyEnglish is the forefront English teaching company in Shanghai with over 30 training centers operating in Mainland China.  Responsibilities include delivering the DisneyEnglish curriculum to students, lesson planning, managing Assistant Trainers, curriculum development

    INTERNATIONAL DIRECTING CREDITS – ABRIDGED

    DreamWeaver-Shanghai, China (2018-2012)

    Titanic- Immersive Experience

    3 by Tenn Shanghai Gay Pride

    Hay Fever

    Thom Pain

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Reservoir Dogs

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Doubt

    The New Electric Ballroom

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Comedy)

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    5 Course Love

    The 3 Cinderellas

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Rosemary’s Baby

    The Last 5 Years

    Psycho Beach Party

    Fight Club-Immersive Experience

    The Princess Bride

    39 Steps

    Venus in Fur

    Hamlet 

    Santaland Diaries

    Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

    Pillow Talk Urban Aphrodite Comedy Theatre Nes, Amsterdam

    REGIONAL THEATRE (2005 – 2012)

    The Bourgeois Gentleman

    The Cherry Orchard

    Camino Real

    Esther, Queen of Persia 

    Mail  

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 

    Balm In Gilead 

    Dreamgirls 

    Proof

    Top Dog/Underdog 

    Medea

    Kingdom of Earth 

    Wonka!   

    Comedy of Errors     

    Hamlet    

    Unmerciful Good Fortune 

    Food, Sex and Longing

    Animal Farm

    The Quadroon Ball 

     James and the Giant Peach

    The Chinese Cinderella    

    Kids Saving Planet Earth

    Plain and Fancy

    A Doll’s House

    Educating Rita  

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Escape to Freedom     

    Khartoum International Community School (Sudan)

    (Opera) Celestial Productions, Manhattan Theatre Source

    Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab

    Hartford Stage (Asst. to Michael Wilson)

    Barnevelder Artspace BP Players (Houston)

    The Great Caruso (Houston)

    The Goodman Theatre (Asst. to Chuck Smith)

    Associate Director to Amy Morton

     DTC, Hartford Stage, Steppenwolf, The Alley Theatre

    Symposium Tour (Sam Houston State University)  

    Theatre LaB Houston

    Stages Repertory  Summer Theatre Symposium (Houston)

    Jones High School Players (Houston) 

    Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston)

    Unhinged Theatre (Houston)  

    Theatre LaB Women’s Playwrights Festival (Houston)

    Main Street Young Theatre Program (Houston)   

    Main Street Theatre (Houston)  

    Main Street Theatre Kids on Stage (Houston)  

    Main Street Theatre Kids on Stage (Houston)  

    Touring Production (Chicago)Unicorn Theatre

    Bird-in-Hand (Pennsylvania) Theatre 

    York Theatre (Pennsylvania)  

    York Theatre (Pennsylvania)   

    Carbondale Repertory (Pennsylvania)  

    The Ensemble (Houston Tour)