Director Biography

James Saba

SDJT Executive Director James Saba

James recently directed Lost in Yonkers for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Other HSRT shows include Scapin, Sylvia, Two Rockin’ Gents (an original musical that he created with Steve Gunderson), as well as over 20 theatre-for-young audience productions.

Last summer he directed The Burnt Part Boys for San Diego Junior Theatre. Previously, Girl Scouts of America (written by SDJT alum, Mona Mansour) for the New York International Fringe Festival. Other credits include All in the Timing and 7 Stories for the MFA Program at the Old Globe Theatre; Lucky Stiff, Philadelphia Story and Blithe Spirit at Webster University. In San Diego, he directed The Mystery of Irma Vep (Diversionary), Game of Love and Chance (Moonlight), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (NCRT), and the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Lamb’s Players). He assisted Craig Noel on seven productions at the Old Globe. He was a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in 2005 and the SSDC Observer to Casey Nicholaw on the Encore’s revival of Follies. His SDJT directing credits include Bye Bye Birdie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional acting credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, the Circle Repertory Theatre Lab, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the Cleveland Playhouse.

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