James Thomas Kidd | Department of Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

James Thomas Kidd

Associate Professor of Directing/Acting & Department Chair

James Thomas Kidd

Office: Room 1033c - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-7583
Email: tkidd@siu.edu


MFA in Theater/Directing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.S. Ed in Education; Major: Performing Arts Recreation, University of Georgia

Union Affiliations:

Associate Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Member, Society of American Fight Directors


Acting, Directing, Audition Techniques and Freshman Theater Seminar

Research and Creative Interests

Audition Techniques; New Play Development; Stage Combat; Musical Theater Performance, Direction and Choreography


J. Thomas Kidd is currently an Associate Professor of Theater/Directing and Chair of the Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he has been a member of the faculty since Fall 2003.  At SIU, he has also served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of the department’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and a member of the CoLA Council.  He teaches performance and career preparation courses, as well as the introductory Freshman Theater Seminar.  He has directed and/or choreographed many production for SIU including, The Secret Garden, Reasons to be Pretty, Shakespeare’s R & J, Bat Boy, The Three Musketeers and others.  Additionally he serves as the Artistic/Managing Director of The McLeod Summer Playhouse, SIU’s professional summer stock theater company, for which he has directed and choreographed productions such as Hair, All Shook Up, May Fair Lady, Chicago, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and others.  Kidd continues to direct and choreograph for professional companies and industrial venues and has worked for The Six Flags Corporation, The World Trade Center (Atlanta), The Atlanta Lyric Theater, Syncronicity, Lakes Region Summer Theater, Little Theater on the Square and even the Atlanta Braves Baseball Organization.  In 1999, he received a special award for Outstanding Artist from the Hawaii State Theater Council for his direction of the Honolulu premiere of Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika.