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Defelice, James

  • UAA
  • Person
  • 1937-

Writer, Actor, Director, Teacher. James (Jim) DeFelice was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on 6 January, 1937. DeFelice studied at Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Indiana.
DeFelice wrote for both theatre and cinema while located in Alberta. His work has won him many awards and accolades, including the 1977 film Why Shoot the Teacher which won a Canadian Screen Award for best screenplay in 1978.
He also acted in many Alberta based theatres and events including, Shadow Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, and the Edmonton Fringe. DeFelice also acted at the Theatre Network and since 2018 he has been a guest member of the improv group Coyote Comedy.
DeFelice directed 62 plays, including 40 at the University of Alberta, where he taught in the Department of Drama for 33 years. DeFelice retired from the University of Alberta in 2002. He also took part in 21 productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
In 1995, he won Sterling Awards lifetime achievement award. He also became a member of the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame with his partner, Gail and two daughters Amy and Gwen.