Free Association Theatre

Katherine James is the artistic director of a theatre company, Free Association Theatre. The Free Association Theatre was founded in 1977. This theatre company puts on original plays and adaptations.

Katherine is currently writing a new musical based on a lawsuit she worked on called Head Case, a dark musical about justice. She is almost through with the first draft of Teatro Boscobel – a political romance that echoes the comedies of Shakespeare as it explores the fine line of commerce and art.

Olympus, an exploration of the mythology of motherhood using Greek myth and music, enjoyed its first workshop production and is looking for the next. Play for Jimmy, a comedy Katherine is now in the process of workshopping as a writer, is semi-autobiographical and involves her coming of age in the theater when she was 17, the summer of 1969.


Theatricum Botanicum

Katherine played Nurse Guiness in Heartbreak House for the entire summer of 2012 to much critical acclaim. Katherine is on the reading committee for the Seedlings Group, which produces readings of new plays. As a part of Seedlings Group, Katherine gives first readings and staged readings of playwrights who come in from all over the country. Katherine’s Free Association Theatre plays, Play for Jimmy and Olympus, both enjoyed their first readings as a part of this program and continue to flourish in the theater community. Her play The Old Salt got a staged reading as a part of a Seedlings Festival.

Katherine has directed several plays at Theatricum Botanicum, including Tira Palquist’s Lost Nation, Henry Murray’s Monkey Adored and Jonathan Goldberg’s How to Shoot a Bullmoose.

Katherine has acted in several of these readings, including Tiffany Antone’s Twigs and Bone and Hoyt Hilsman’s Family Values. Involvement in this group has sharpened Katherine’s awareness of her surroundings and talents as an actor.


Other Theaters

Katherine’s play The Puppeteer Lets Go will enjoy a production at Moving Arts Theater, a company that specializes in theater in non-traditional settings. Katherine’s play is a response to a painting in their Mosaic Media Arts Festival.

Katherine continues to be produced by the The@trics Company of Prescott, Arizona. Her plays Dirty Laundry and She Said, She Said have appeared in festivals.



Katherine is a proud member of Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. The movement is dedicated to the concept "50/50 by 2020" – 50% of new plays produced, written by women by 2020. As a national organization, there are FPI’s springing up all over America.

The Past:

Theatre: Regional Rep – Past

American Conservatory Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew
Richard III
The House of Bernardo Alba
Fly Away Home
Cyrano de Bergerac
Shadow of a Gunman
The Duchess of Malfi
The Misalliance
Flowers of Memory

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
The House of Blue Leaves
The Tavern
A Street Car Named Desire
Damn Yankees
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Long Day’s Journey into Night
The Winter’s Tale
Subject to Fits
Henry VI, Part One 
Theatricum Botanicum
The Winter’s Tale
Elizabeth I
Lysistrata 2003
Free Association Theatre
Beatrix Potter
Talley’s Folley
To Be Young, Gifted and Pregnant (San Francisco Premiere)
Norris Theatre
Urban Abo
Are The Stars Out Tonight
Individual Productions – Past:

Los Angeles Actor’s Theater Theatre

To Be Young Gifted and Pregnant (Los Angeles Premiere)

Berkeley Stage Company
Memory for Saturday
Renaissance Repertory
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
San Francisco Opera
Grove Shakespeare Festival
Mrs. California
Globe Playhouse
Twelfth Night
Bumbershoot Productions
Cache Cache
Waiting for the Parade
Sankowich-Goldwyn Productions
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • The Right Stuff
  • Pearl
  • Twice Upon a Time
  • Innerscape
  • Easy Mark


  • Beverly Hills 90210 (Guest Star)
  • Empty Nest (Guest Star)
  • Picket (Guest Star)
  • Family Ties (Guest Star)
  • L.A. Law (Guest Star)
  • Moonlighting (Guest Star)
  • Sara (Guest Star)
  • Mr. Mom (Guest Star)

  • Mama’s Boy (Guest Star)
  • Golden Moment (ABC MOW)
  • The Silent Ones (PBS, Guest)
  • The Uprising of the 20,000 (PBS, Lead)
  • Our Planet Tonight (Zucker Brothers’ NBC Special, Guest Star)
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