Mickey Rolfe The Rolfe Company Inc.

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James Youmans

Jim has always found his ultimate passion in live theater and musicals.

While working in a number of areas, television, film, architecture and events, it is the essential and visceral experience of the theater, with its emphasis on the words and music of playwrights and composers that most captures and fosters his imagination.


It began many years ago in that most refined and august institution, the Presbyterian Church basement in Leonia New Jersey. The home of the Leonia Players Guild, of which his parents were committed members.  Long before there were childcare drop off centers and au pairs, there was the scene dock of the Players guild, where a young parent could leave their child in the hands of theater volunteers while they rehearsed upstairs in the auditorium for the upcoming production of Charlie’s Aunt, or Death Takes a Holiday, or Hamlet, or Once Upon a Mattress.  And as idle hands are the devil's work that child, inevitably was kept busy helping out with base painting scenery or organizing nails in the back tool room. The stage flats, stored like giant painting stretchers soldiered one next to another, along the wall,  the shelves of casein paint stored in Maxwell House coffee cans and the smell of  freshly sawn wood are all memories that still linger.

12 years later and he’s in high school, a new high school and in order to make friends, what does he do, he goes to audition for the school play.  Upon arriving at the tryouts, he is informed that the play has already been cast.  But, would he be interested in helping out with the sets and lights? If so, could he come in this Saturday and assist in hanging lighting instruments and pulling out flats for the set.  That Saturday he reports to the stage at Tenafly High School in New Jersey, for what would be the first of many weekends in a theater, be it The Woodstock Playhouse, or SUNY Purchase, or Williamstown Theater Festival or other off, off, Broadway basements, on for the next 30 years.


On Broadway his credits include, West Side Story, Gypsy with Patti LuPone, Come Fly Away with Twyla Tharp, Swinging On A Star.

 His regional Theater Credits include design work at many of the preeminent institutions around the country.  The Guthrie Theater, The Alley Theater, Mark Taper Forum, The Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse,  The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Hardford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theater, Seattle Rep, and many others

He has received several awards over the years, for both Scenic and Projection Design. Most recently the IRNE Award for his work on his wife’s play Ether Dome at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston.

And yes, he is married to the award winning playwright Elizabeth Egloff , and his brother Bill Youmans is also a well known Broadway actor.  Finally, Liz and Jim have two sons, Timur (17) and William (19).  Timur is a junior in high school showing a strong interest in scenic construction, design and architecture, and William is on his way to Occidental College in Los Angeles to major in History, English, and, wait for it………………….Theater.

Here we go again.