Jamie Cheatham
Mr. Jamie CheathamMarquette University

Helfaer Theatre, 110

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5558Personal Website

Assistant Professor and Head of Acting, Digital Media and Performing Arts

Education

M.F.A. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Theatre Pedagogy
B.A. - S.U.N.Y. Binghamton (NY), Theatre

Courses Taught

THAR 1100 Acting I
THAR 1120 Acting II

Research Interests

Acting
Acting Styles
Directing
Stage Combat
Mask Work
Shakespeare

Professional Experience

Jamie Cheatham is a professional actor, director, fight director, and theatre educator. After 17 years of working professionally in New York City, he moved to Wisconsin to become the head of the Acting Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After 10 rewarding years of teaching and directing at UWP, he became the Head of Acting at Marquette University. He remains active professionally in his Midwest home. He is a proud member of the professional actor unions, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

He is also a Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD.) His professional work includes such venues as: New York City Opera, New York Shakespeare Festival (at the Delacorte), The Alley Theatre (TX), Arena Stage (DC), The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, Baltimore, and Champlain Shakespeare Festivals.

Jamie has previously taught at a number of noteworthy educational institutions, including: Juilliard, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), Binghamton University and the National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts (DC).

Professional Affiliations

Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)
KCACTF Region III

Publications

“Eye Opener: Engaging the Audience by Staying Engaged,” The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, Fall 2015, Vol. 37, Number 2.

“Acting the Violence II”, The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, Vol. XXV, 2002.

“Acting the Fight: a Series of Exercises”, The Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, Vol. XIX, 1996.

Theatre

Cheatham, J. D. (March 2017 - April 2017). Fight director. "The Glass Menagerie," Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (December 2016 - January 2017). "Disgraced," Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (2016) Fight Director. “Of Mice and Men,” Milwaukee Reparatory Theatre. Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (October 2016 - November 2016). "The Foreigner," Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (June 2016). "Singin' in the Rain," Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkins, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (March 18, 2016 - April 29, 2016). "Hamlet," Binghamton University Theatre, Binghamton, NY.

Cheatham, J. D. (March 2016 - April 2016). "Of Mice and Men," Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix and Tuscon, AZ.

Cheatham, J.D. (February 2016) Fight Director. “Peter Pan,” Fireside Theatre. Fort Atkinson, WI.

Cheatham, J.D. (January 26, 2016 - February 26, 2016). Fight Director. “The Invisible Hand,” Milwaukee Reparatory Theatre. Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (January 18, 2016 - February 25, 2016). Fight director. “As You Like It,” Marquette Theatre Arts, Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J. D. (January 2, 2016 - January 8, 2016). "To Kill a Mockingbird," Marquette Theatre Arts, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Milwaukee, WI.

Center American College Theatre Festival Region III Conference, Pabst Theatre, January 16, 2016.

Cheatham, J. D. (May 19, 2015 - November 22, 2015). Director. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Marquette Theatre Arts, Milwaukee, WI. Theatre production invited to perform at the Kennedy Center's regional festival.

Cheatham, J.D. (2015) Fight Director. “Dreamgirls,” Milwaukee ReparatoryTheatre. Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J.D. (2015) Fight Director. “The Mousetrap,” Milwaukee ReparatoryTheatre. Milwaukee, WI.

Cheatham, J.D. (2015) Fight Director. “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” Renaissance Theaterworks. Milwaukee, WI.

Why Marquette

The Theatre Department at Marquette offers the perfect environment for teaching and learning theatre arts. It is just the right size, not too large and not too small, with great access to professional theatre and theatre artists all around the Milwaukee area. The combination of classroom and hands-on, practical training within a strong liberal arts environment is the best formula for creating strong, knowledgeable and flexible actors. There's a strong "family feel" in this department, and that's essential in creating this collaborative art.