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Jim Chance

New York: Jim originated the role of Jan Karski in the world premiere of Rescuers at the Hudson Guild Theatre, and the role of Warwick in Tony Torn and John Barton’s world premiere production of The Red Rose at the Mint Theatre. He worked on new plays with The Juilliard School’s playwriting chair and Obie award winner, Christopher Durang, performing lead roles in Mr. Durang’s Nina in the Morning, David Ives’s Degas, C’est Moi, Don Nigro’s Specter. He was also called to audition for Mr. Durang’s Broadway production of Sex and Longing, starring Oscar winner Sigourney Weaver.

Regional: Jim’s love of Shakespeare led him to Philadelphia to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night opposite Tony award winner Frank Wood (as Orsino), and the title role in Philadelphia Shakespeare Company‘s production of The Merchant of Venice opposite Royal Shakespeare Company emeritus David Howey (as Shylock). Jim originated the role of Claude in the world premiere of Michael Hollinger’s An Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Boeuf opposite Tony award nominee Kurt Knudsen at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre. He played title roles in the Red Heel Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of La Bete and Simply Classic Theatre Company’s production of Don Juan. In California he played Eddie in Fool for Love at the Asian American Theatre Company, multiple roles opposite Tony award nominee Evalyn Baron in the SF Theatre Project’s Metamorphosis...in a warehouse and at the famed MAGIC Theatre, and Swan in It Can’t Happen Here (with the Z Collective) at the Cowell Theatre. Other California credits include roles in Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life and Fugard’s People Are Living There.  Jim reunited with the cast of Metamorphosis to tour internationally at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also worked in debut productions of Cerceau and Nothing Sacred at Washington’s Arena Stage; Masterpieces at Potomac Theatre Project; Othello at Baltimore’s Center Stage; The Front Page at The Cleveland Play House; and Harvey at Colorado’s Arvada Center.

Professional FILM experience includes acting work in the 2005 feature film, Swimmers, starring 2-time Tony award winner Cherry Jones, Riders, which debuted at the 2000 Los Angeles Film Festival, and an award winning short, Horses, which debuted at the 1998 USA Film Festival. Swimmers was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and also won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. Other film efforts: an ancient BBC project, The Arc, and a couple of low-budget teen horror films (Cathedral Rock and Furry Hamsters from Hell).

Professional TELEVISION experience includes recurring principal roles on the daytime dramas Guiding Light and All My Children (in the 1990”s) and in speaking roles on other soaps for the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks. Some of Jim’s film work, most notable Riders and Swimmers, have been available on premium cable channels including the Sundance Channel.

Training: Jim holds a M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America (1990), a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland—College Park, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore. He did post-doctoral study in law at Oxford University (England), and trained in Acting for the Camera with the American Film Institute. In 2011 Jim also completed the Emerging Leaders Program at George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. 

Teaching: Jim has taught Acting, Communications, Theatre, and Film to college students in the U.S. and abroad since 1988. He now teaches executive leadership skills to federal court Judges, Clerks, and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers for the Federal Judicial Center, where he hosts the annual video web program, Supreme Court: The Term in Review, in which he moderates discussions of the year’s most important Supreme Court decisions with some of the nation’s most respected legal scholars.