In Celebration of Black History Month
North Coast Rep audiences will know Hawthorne James from playing Frederick Douglass in our filmed production of Necessary Sacrifices.
HAWTHORNE JAMES was born in Chicago Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, and received scholarship offers from Yale and Cornell for his doctorate degree. He taught for two years at Illinois state university before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career. He received a scholarship to study in London, England, at the London Shakespeare academy through Ted Lange. He became an executive in post production at the major film company Tri-star. He has performed in over 300 plays, including the filmed production of North Coast Rep’s “Necessary Sacrifices,” and directed national tours of plays. He has performed in over 80 film and television projects. Among them are, “The Color Purple “, “Speed”, I’m Gonna Git U Sucka”, “Seven”, “The Five Heartbeats “, “Othello”, “Disjointed “, “Frasier”, “Cheers”, “Workaholics”, “Charmed”, “ER”, “MARTIN” and ”Sparks”. In addition to directing theater, he has directed, written, and produced several short films including “Remember Me?”, “Lisa Trotter” and the feature film “The Stick Up Kids”. He has received several awards for his performances and for his community-mindedness around the country. This year he has been nominated for his performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “No Place To Be Somebody” as best supporting actor for the NAACP Image Awards for theatre. He is extremely proud to have been a part of the legendary Inner City Cultural Center, which helped to shape his mind-body, and soul through the Arts. His parents and ancestors being the first to set him on a course of manhood, he was blessed to have been in the presence of the maestro himself, C. Bernard Jackson, where he continued his courses in the true meaning of manhood and the responsibilities that are carried with it.
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