Meet James Maloof: Scene It All
By Julie Senger
From a quick glance at James Maloof’s resume, you’d never guess that he was a college sophomore. With credits from several of Atlanta’s top theatres—including the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Dad’s Garage and Actor’s Express—this Kennesaw State University junior’s bio reads like an experienced professional’s. In person, he’s also the consummate professional, careful to give credit to everyone who has helped him develop his career.
The opportunity for significant professional experience that exists in the KSU Department of Theatre & Performance Studies is one reason James selected Kennesaw State.
“The faculty are just so professional,” Maloof says. “All of the faculty members at Kennesaw have connections to Atlanta theatre or professional theatre. Because of that, students are given many off-campus opportunities. Since there would be prospects to earn professional resume credits while still in school, I was really encouraged to choose KSU.”
Although James has worked in some capacity on every production that Kennesaw State has mounted for the last couple years, it is his scene design that has brought him so much recognition. He has recently been awarded the HausKraft scholarship and the Zhen-Huan Lu Design/Tech Scholarship. James has done some acting work, as well. His intent is to be a very well-rounded liberal arts student.
In fact, the opportunity to become adept in all areas of theater is another reason James was attracted to KSU. He chose Kennesaw because he’s “interested in acting, designing and directing.” He felt that if he had conservatory training specifically for scene design, then he would be limited in personal marketability.
Indeed, there have already been abundant opportunities for James. In addition to his work in Atlanta, his KSU credits include the yearlong Chekhov project, an acting-based project, which has taken him to New York City to study Stanislavsky and Chekhov techniques. Additionally, he was the scene and lighting designer for the recent production of “The Marriage Proposal,” and he’s currently designing the mainstage production of “The Robber Bridegroom.” In the spring, he will play the role of Flask in the KSU production of “Moby Dick.”Most importantly to James, in addition to his personal success he has learned that “it’s not just one individual; it’s the whole group sharing the spotlight. Making the work honest throughout the production and not just in performance or in the design, that’s the one thing I hope I can communicate in all of my work.”