Fonds - James DeFelice fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

James DeFelice fonds

General material designation

  • Multiple media

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

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.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials related to James DeFelice and his work as a writer, actor, director, and teacher at the University of Alberta's Department of Drama.

Notes area

Physical condition


Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals


Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access


Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

index, case files, inventories.

Associated materials

Related materials


No further accruals expected.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Updated by M.Fraser on 9 April 2020.

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres