Crowning achievements

Meet associate professor of Theatre Jim Ream, director, designer, broadcaster, computer programmer, and former department chair. Like other UIndy faculty members, Ream is dedicated to his students and their success. He has spent the vast majority of his professional career right here at UIndy.

“For more than 40 years, I’ve had the privilege to teach and learn from thousands of wonderful students,” he says, “and enjoyed the opportunity to design scenery and lighting for hundreds of productions at the University, in community theatres, and in professional theatres in the Midwest.”

In addition to receiving a gold medal from the Kennedy Center for service to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Ream has served as designer for UIndy commencement ceremonies and three presidential inaugurations.

Treading the boards

Ream recently hit the stage again in the University’s production of King Lear. It was the Shakespeare play that first brought Ream to UIndy over four decades ago as a college student. While pursuing a master’s at Christian Theological Seminary in the early ’70s, he heard that UIndy Theatre was staging a production.

“The Theatre department has had a busy year, including student-directed productions in December, a dinner theatre production of Out of Order in February and The Laramie Project in April. Non-theatre majors are always welcome to audition and to be involved with the Theatre department.”

“I talked to the director and found out that if I took a class, I could audition,” he recalls. Ream took that class, which led to his long career at UIndy. In this latest production he held the leading role of King Lear. Ream had the privilege of sharing the stage with about a dozen UIndy students and alumni, many of them Ream’s former students.

“It’s great to touch base with them and see where they are and what they’re doing,” Ream says.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to mix our students with alumni, and the alumni were very impressed with the students.”

More to come

In addition to those from King Lear, Ream has made many excellent memories from his tenure in the theatre department. He directs and often participates in UIndy productions, many of which are directed by students. Some require long hours of practice, and he has gotten the opportunity to get to know his students personally.

Ream also has led students on trips to perform in New York City, Belize, and England.

“I love working together toward a common goal with students,” Ream says. “I have great memories and I’ve made many good friends.”