J. Robert "Jimmy" Moore is a stage director and actor based in San Antonio, Texas. Over the last fifteen years, Jimmy has earned theatrical credits with companies across the country. Today, he serves as the Executive and Artistic Director for The Classic Theatre of San Antonio.
Jimmy holds a B.F.A. in Production and Performance and an M.F.A. in Directing from Texas State University, where his research focused on Camp Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Shakespeare performance. Additionally, he has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, in London, England.
Before returning to graduate school, Jimmy worked as an actor and special events coordinator in New York City.
Jimmy served as the Artistic Director for Zilker Theater Productions' 2018 60th Anniversary Season, introducing new initiatives like expanded educational programming, holiday caroling, and enhanced donor experiences, culminating in the rock-and-roll musical All Shook Up. He is also a founding member of UnStaged Theatre Company, which produced The Matinee, a collection of Zoom comedy shorts, debuting in July 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the fall of 2021, Jimmy became the new Executive and Artistic Director of The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, fulfilling his dream to return to and invest in his hometown arts scene. More information about the organization can be found at ClassicTheatre.org.
Directing credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City), The Unexpected Guest (TexArts), The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up (Zilker Theater Productions), Evita, [title of show], Iridescence, Trouble in the Works, Roger and Miriam, Here We Are, The Moral Majority: a staged reading (Texas State University), Stage Kiss (Playhouse San Antonio - ATAC Award Best Director), Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol (Magik Theatre), Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon: a staged reading (ZACH Theatre), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Texas State at Random), and From U.S. to You (Seguin Arts Center). Assistant Director positions have included: Mothers and Sons (ZACH Theater, Dir. Dave Steakley), The King and I (ZACH Theater, Dir. Abe Reybold), Big Fish (Oklahoma Lyric, Dir. Michael Baron), Chicago (Summer Stock Austin, Dir. Michael McKelvey), Anything Goes and Rent (Texas State University, Dir. Kaitlin Hopkins). Associate Director positions include: Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Musical (Mills Entertainment, Dir. Sam Scalamoni) and the new musical Summer Stock (Dir. Sam Scalamoni).
In 2007, Jimmy produced and directed the It's Too Darn Hot Benefit Revue, raising funds to furnish the historic Virginia City Opera House in Virginia City, Montana, with heat and air conditioning. Jimmy was a Region IV finalist in the SDC Directing Initiative at the 2014 American College Theater Festival with Tartuffe and as was selected to be a member of the 2017 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Class.
In 2019, Jimmy directed the devised project Flip the Script, commissioned by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, to coincide with the "TransAmerica/n: Gender Identity Appearance Today" exhibit, which explored sexuality and identity in classic theatre.
Notable performance credits include: Phish's 2011 New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Madison Square Garden), The Santaland Diaries, Matilda, Buyer and Cellar and Peter and the Starcatcher (ZACH Theater – Austin Critic’s Table nominations), The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Big Fish (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), O Night Divine (York Theater - Off Broadway), Almost Adults (Manhattan Repertory), Ellis Island Stories (American Family Theater- U.S. Tour) The Laramie Project (Mystic Vision Players- NJACT Perry Award Nominee), Twelfth Night, Waiting for Godot (Classic Theater of San Antonio - ATAC Award Best Supporting Actor), Anything Goes (Texas State University - Ramsey Award Best Supporting Actor).
Jimmy's original work for the stage includes Rustle Your Bustle, first produced by the Virginia City Players, and From U.S. to You, a WWII U.S.O. Christmas show, produced by New Braunfels Theater Company and Seguin Arts Center.
In 2013, along with Kaitlin Hopkins, Jimmy co-produced the Dianne Bowman Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, held at Texas State University, honoring Tony Award winning production designer, Tony Walton.
In educational settings, Jimmy enjoys working with beginning actors. He believes the best theatre training enhances a student's abilities without diminishing a passion for the art form.
Jimmy is a classic movie fan, a good cook, a habitual thrift store shopper, and a life long devotee of The Golden Girls and Designing Women. He splits his time between his family in San Antonio, his friends in Austin, and wherever his work in the theatre might take him next!