Longtime Professor of Theatre Remembered

Published May 05, 2017

HartmanJames R. Hartman May 3, 2017

Sad news for the friends and colleagues of James Hartman, the longtime director of Schoolcraft College’s very successful theatre program passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after a difficult battle with cancer.  Jim has been with the college since 1987 and during that time has directed more than 75 plays.

In addition to the theatre, Jim was a lover of Shakespeare and wrote two definitive books which updated Shakespeare’s plays for modern performers and audiences. An Actor's Edition of Shakespeare Revisited, Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Shakespearean Tragedies Revisited: An Actor's Edition with King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, were acclaimed by his colleagues who directed and performed Shakespeare’s works.

Professor Hartman received his degrees and training in theatre from the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University. He joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada for stage workshops and studied the Alexander Technique and
Barteni​eff Movement with top European scholars. He taught theatre at the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor and Indiana University as an Associate Instructor. In addition, Professor Hartman directed more than 120 College productions, 75 of which were directed at Schoolcraft College. His own theatre credits include performances at Meadow Brook Theatre and Masonic Temple in Michigan as well as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Edgecliff Theatre, and Mariemont Playhouse in Ohio. His supernumerary roles in opera include performances in seven operas with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Some of Professor Hartman's television commercials included the United Foundation, Delco Radios, Highland Appliance and many others. Professor Hartman served on an advisory board for P.B.S. television, channel 56 in Michigan and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Collegiate Press. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education taking him to Toronto, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Diego, New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Professor Hartman was a theatre student of Oscar G. Brockett. 

Please join us to celebrate the life of Professor James Hartman

Sunday, May 7, from 6 p.m.  to 8 p.m.

Harry J. Will Funeral Home

37000 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152

The family is happy to accept flowers at the celebration on Sunday, May 7, and wish for any cards to be sent to Jim’s sister - Jean Hartman, 825 Maple Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45215.  Those wishing to make a donation should do so as they wish (to the college in Jim’s name or to the charity of their choice in Jim’s name).



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