A.S. is proud to serve as the Artistic Director of Ozark Actors Theatre. He joined the company in early 2017, and is working hard to build on 30 years of traditions to a strong, and bigger, future for the company. In summer 2017, he directed On Golden Pond for OAT. He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University, where he directed productions including Pretty Theft, When Johnny Comes Marching Home (which he also wrote) and Peter and the Starcatcher. As a playwright and director, his work has been seen on stages across the country, including productions in Chicago, Indianapolis, and off-off-Broadway in New York City. He served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Ensemble of Nashville, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest. Check out his website to learn more at asfreeman.squarespace.com.
Production Stage Manager
Happy 30th Anniversary, OAT! Having been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 35 years, Jim is thrilled to have spent all 30 summer seasons with OAT. He's been a Production Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Company Manager, Technical Director, Production Associate, Prop Master, Dresser, Personal Assistant, and Advisor.
Jim holds a BS from Southeast Missouri State University in Elementary Education with a Speech/Theatre Emphasis and Graduate Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Technical Theatre. While in Kansas City, Jim was a Technician, Stage Manager, and Marionettist with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, and Broadway Marionettes, respectively.
Jim is retired from the Crawford County R-2 Schools in Cuba, Missouri. This past year, he's been helping with OAT's various fund raising events, working with the Cuba Arts Council, traveling, and camping with Suzan. Thank you, Gail and Reed for your vision!