James Van Oort

Playwright

James' play "Spiders in the Night" premiered at Dakota Wesleyan University Theatre in November, 2015 with a four-show run. As a result of this performance, James received an Artists Career Development Grant through the South Dakota Arts Council, resulting in his second play "We All Live Together." In 2017, The Monstrous Little Theatre Company in Sioux Falls, S.D. performed "Spiders..." at The Retreat at Pointer's Ridge in Baltic, S.D. He moved from Mitchell, S.D., to Mankato, MN, in the fall of 2018 to pursue his Master of Fine Arts degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  His recent writing projects include a dramaturgical protocol of Tennessee Williams's Night of the Iguana, a one-woman script tentatively titled The Account of Belva Blue and a three-person project based on the dynamics and pitfalls of sexuality in marriage.

Highlights

Artists Career Development Grant, South Dakota Arts Council, FY17.

Acceptance into Master of Fine Arts Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Fall 2018