James Saba

James Saba joined San Diego Junior Theatre as Executive Director in September of 2013. A native San Diegan, he is also a proud alumnus of the program. James spent 20 seasons at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT), where he was Artistic Director of HSRT’s Children’s Stage. As a freelance director, he has worked at Webster University, Diversionary Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and was assistant to the late Craig Noel on four productions at the Old Globe Theatre. James has a long history as a professional actor in regional theatre (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Cleveland Playhouse) and on many local stages. Most recently, he has been seen in Travels with My Aunt (North Coast Rep) The Coward Rep and Spamalot (Cygnet Theatre) and His Girl Friday (La Jolla Playhouse). James is the current Vice President of the San Diego Performing Arts League.

Akeelah and the Bee

Directed by James Saba
Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West

Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which helps her to inspire the people in her inner-city neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.

Goodnight Moon, the Musical

Directed by James Saba
Script, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry
Additional Musical Arrangements by Mark Rabe
Adapted from the Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd

San Diego Junior Theatre's 2016 production of Goodnight Moon.

It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman

Directed by James Saba
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Book by David Newman and Robert Benton
Based Upon the Comic Strip Superman
by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

The caped hero with legendary superpowers comes to the stage in It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, the musical by Charles Strouse

The Burnt Part Boys

Directed by James Saba
Book by Mariana Elder
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

An eclectic band of friends embark on a life-altering journey to the coal mine that took their father’s life

San Diego Junior Theatre's 1971 production of Good NewsJames Saba in Mary Poppins, 1978