Jimmy Kontos (Program Director)
Jimmy is a Tallahassee native with over twenty years of experience teaching and developing theatrical curriculum in universities, public schools, and private conservatories. He has directed and produced over forty productions in the regional and academic arenas, and has taught performance classes at institutions such as Florida State University, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the University of Alabama. He holds a BA from Florida State University, an MFA in Direction from the University of Alabama, and a graduate certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Connecticut. In addition to these more formal studies, he has also studied with companies in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and with company members of Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Jimmy received his love of theatre from the Tallahassee community as a child and in turn has made youth theatre education an integral part of his career having been an instructor at organizations such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Artists Workshop, and Young Actors Theatre. Jimmy has always placed a strong focus on theatre as a means for social change and strongly believes that as artists our work reaches beyond the walls of the theatre, and that promoting change and unity within the community should always be at the forefront of our artistic endeavors.