James Houghton

College Division

College Division: 

  • Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division

Contact Information

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Born in San Francisco, CA

In Memoriam (1958-2016)

Noted producer, theater administrator, and founding artistic director of New York's Signature Theatre Company (1991), he set the company's agenda of single-playwright seasons, with playwrights such as Edward Albee, Horton Foote, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Arthur Miller, Lanford Wilson, and others, in residency during the seasons devoted to their works. In addition, Signature has produced 41 premiere works, including 17 premieres, some of them created during two "all premiere" seasons. Began his career as a stage actor, performing with several companies including John Houseman's Acting Company, founded by Mr. Houseman originally with actors who were the first to have studied at Juilliard. A guest lecturer at numerous colleges and theater programs, including Yale, N.Y.U., Columbia, and the Actors Studio, he has also been a judge and nominator for prestigious awards including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, among others, as well as a presenter and speaker at many panels and symposiums.

Degrees and Studies

B.A., Santa Clara U., 1981; M.F.A., Southern Methodist U., 1986.

The Juilliard School

Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division since 2006.