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“I believe at its best; theatre should embody the highest expression of the human condition through comedy, drama, and the musical. I aim to create and develop innovative productions that serve the theatrical platform in the most economic climates. I also recognize the need for constant artistic renewal to remain relevant. That said, I direct a wide range of repertory in both the classical and contemporary theatrical landscape."

A small sample of work.

Bridget's Girl

Bridget's Girl

"It's not everyday you see something wonderful, fresh and new."  - Valley Press

True West

True West

"Laity's 'True West' 

powerful, thought-provoking."

- Valley Theatre



"Proof is a solid quality performance"

- Julie Rios, AV Press


12 Angry Jurors

12 Angry Jurors

'Faultless adaptation of Jurors' "Goins has years of experience under his belt and was able to pull out each actors full potential"

- Valley Press


Way Back When

Way Back When

'Way Back' should be up front. "A sensational original work full of good-humored comedy yet profound human emotion."  

- L A Times

The Colored Museum

The Colored Museum

"Director Jim Goins has Assembled a multi-talented ensemble that really knows how to belt out the larger than lige character they portray."

- Drama-Logue

"Jim's one of the best kept secrets of the LA actor or any actor anywhere. He's a actor's director. The list of people he's worked wih would blow your mind"

Kris Nolan


"Jim has the vision, tenacity, compassion, attention to detail and a constant determination to infect all those who work with him with a commitment to excellence. I recommend him to you without reservation"

John S. Carter
Independent Film & TV Producer

"James is an amazing composer, writer and director. His biggest problem is he's too quiet about his talents. But that's what makes him special, I think. His work in theatre will be felt long after he's gone.

Julie Daniels
Actress, Writer 

"Besides being one of the nicest persons you'll ever meet, once James begins to work with you, you understand immediately why you're with him. He teaches you to committ to your craft or go home. He's one of the best!"

Jessica Melina.

Plays & Musicals Directed

  • 12 Angry Jurors

  • The Dutchman

  • The Execution of Professor Doe

  • The Piano Lesson

  • The Taming of the Shrew

  • This Time and Age

  • Today's Anthology

  • Way Back When

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

  • Barefoot in the Park

  • Bridget's Girl

  • Bye Bye Birdie

  • Equus 

  • I Don't Want You To Know This

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Of Mice and Men

  • Pippin

  • Proof

  • A Raisin in the Sun

  • The Colored Museum


Detailed list upon request

Films Directed

  • Bite of the Adder - Film Short

  • Going Home - Film Short

  • Potiphar's Wife: Faithless - Film Short

  • 2 Much 4 Words - Trailer

  • For The Love of Tanya - Film Short

Plays directed by James A. Goins
12 Angry Jurors
LTC 12 Angry Jurors
True West
True West
This Time and Age Recording Session
Recording Studio
Robert Kaufman - Melchizedek
Bridget's Girl
Bridget's Girl
Bridget's Girl
On the Set of Potiphar's Wife
On set of Potiphar's Wife
Scoring Session
Musical Friends
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