Jim Russell became Carrollwood Players Theatre’s first full-time Managing Director in April of 2018, following nearly a decade of volunteer service to the organization.
As a CWP volunteer, he served two terms on the Board of Trustees, chaired the marketing committee, served on the show selection and fundraising committees, and was the Volunteer Coordinator and Box Office Manager. He has also written, directed, produced, stage managed or performed in more than 50 CWP Mainstage and Black Box productions.
A native of upstate New York, Jim grew up in Washington, DC before relocating to Florida in 1986 to study theatre at the State College of Florida. After college, he completed a year-long professional theatre administration internship at Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL, where he also worked as a Marketing Associate for the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Jim toured the United States as the Company Manager for Children’s Musical Theatre of Alabama, and was the Founding Artistic Director of The Six Legged Theatre Company, which was featured in a nationally televised PBS documentary in 2006.
During his 35-year career in theatre performance, production, and administration, Jim somehow found time to squeeze in a 20-year career as a professional Tour Director for the travel agency division of the American Automobile Association. In 2001, he received the President’s Award of Excellence for his efforts to protect the welfare of American citizens in Athens, Greece in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Jim remains an avid traveler and has visited more than 50 countries. He can’t wait to add to the list.