about Jim

Jim Knipple is the founding Artistic Director of the Run of the Mill Theater Co. in Baltimore, Md, where credits include Miss Julie, Icarus, The Bald Soprano, and the world premiere of 13 Christs by Erik Ehn. In 2007, Run of the Mill was named Baltimore’s Best Theater Company. He is a co-creator of “The Variations Project”, an annual theatrical event that has won multiple awards including Baltimore’s Best Production of 2006. The project proved so successful that a professional theater in California initiated its own Variations Project in 2007. Though Run of the Mill closed its doors in 2011, the Variations Project has been adopted by the Arena Players.

He co-founded and co-produced World Premiere Weekend, a new play festival that premiered plays by Neil LaBute and Brooke Berman (both of which he directed), as well as Charles Mee, Erik Ehn, Jamie Pachino, and over thirty other writers from across the country, in spaces as varied as traditional theaters, outdoor plazas, stairwells, and public restrooms.

Other Baltimore/DC credits include plays at Artscape, Spotlighters, Vagabond Theater, Silver Spring Stage, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and Company 13, and he has thrice directed for the Maryland Young Playwrights Festival at CENTERSTAGE. West coast credits include assistant director/assistant dramaturg for Cornerstone Theater’s A Holtville Night’s Dream, as well as directing A Body of Water at Ark Theater.

He holds an MFA in directing from UC Irvine where his productions included The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, columbinus, R.U.R., and Book of Tink. He has assistant directed at CENTERSTAGE, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and for the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Injured Party at South Coast Repertory.

In 2009 he spent almost a month in Ecuador as part of Dramatic Adventure Theater’s “ACTion: Ecuador”, where he co-created and directed an original piece that was presented in Ecuador and off-off-Broadway. His recent collaboration, At Water’s Edge: Confessions of an Obsessive Mind, was presented as part of the 2010 Flying Solo Festival at Open Stage of Harrisburg.

He currently teaches directing and playwriting at West Virginia University, where he heads up the LAB Theatre, the School of Theatre and Dance’s student season

He and his productions have won several awards including Baltimore’s Best Production of 2006 (Variations on Fear), the Kennedy Center Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Direction (Fertile Ground), Baltimore City Paper’s Top 10 Plays (2005 - Variations on Desire, 2006 - Icarus), and the GBTA Best Experimental Production (2005 - Variations on Desire and 2006 - Variations on Fear). He has studied with Robert Cohen, Bill Rauch, Mihai Maniutiu, Cornerstone Theater, the DAH Theatre Research Center, and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. He has taught at Geneva College, Loyola University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Howard Community College, Messiah College, UC Irvine, and the acclaimed Baltimore School for the Arts, one of the top 5 arts high schools in America.

You can also read an article about him that appeared in the Baltimore City Paper, or this article about him that appeared on the DCTheatreScene.com.


meet Jim

Jim’s favorites
Erik Ehn
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Martin McDonagh
Naomi Iizuka
David Mamet

The Pillowman

True and False
A Director Prepares
The Dramatic Imagination

at a glance    
UC Irvine (directing)

Baltimore Shakespeare Theater
Run of the Mill Theater
World Premiere Weekend

Recent Productions
The Unlucky Princess
Henry IV
The Liar

(above: with playwright Richard Greenberg, center: directing Book of Tink, right: rehearsal for columbinus)


Directing Resume

Curriculum Vitae

Artist Statement
Jim online