San Diego Junior Theatre Announces New Executive Director
Returning to his
roots, Director, Actor and Playwright James Saba is slated to head up San Diego
Junior Theatre as the new Executive Director beginning September 1, 2013. More
than three decades ago, Saba was one of the organization’s students for 10
years. After a long career in the arts, Saba is returning to Junior Theatre to
oversee the vision of Junior Theatre as it enters its 65th year.
“I am a product of San Diego Junior Theatre’s rich
past,” he says. “It’s now an honor for me to be a part of its present,
vibrant days and help it flourish in the future.”
San Diego Junior Theatre is committed to the
region’s youth of all abilities by encouraging the development of their
creativity, self-esteem and enjoyment of theatre arts. Year round, its
professional staff teaches and guides students in stage productions, camps and
Saba is no
stranger to the field of education. Most
recently, Saba served for 10 years as artistic director of the Hope Summer
Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Performance Troupe in Michigan. He has also
worked in the educational programs at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and San
Diego Opera. Additionally, his background includes staff positions at the San
Diego Blood Bank and Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego.
President of San Diego Junior Theatre’s Board of Trustees is enthusiastic
about Saba’s return to the Junior Theatre family, “We’re delighted about
Jimmy’s homecoming. My fellow board members, our staff and I, are eager for
him to share his knowledge and talent with us so that we may continue and
heighten our success inspiring young people throughout San Diego.”
acting and directing credits include local performances with The Old Globe and
North Coast Repertory Theatre. He has also performed with the Cleveland Play
House, Actors Theatre of Louisville and San Jose Repertory Theatre, among many
other stage companies. He earned a
bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Saba was also
an apprentice of the award-winning children’s playwright, Susan Zeder.
San Diego Junior Theatre is one of the oldest,
continuously producing youth theatre groups in the United States. Created in
1948, the non-profit organization thrives through show ticket sales, class and
camp enrollments and the generosity of its alumni and community members.
Contributions to San Diego Junior Theatre are tax-deductible.
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