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James R. Dixon

I am a Portland-based director, actor and arts administrator.

I am also an intersectional equity facilitator and the Producing Artistic Director for BlaQ OUT Theatre Festival.


Here you will find information about my latest projects and upcoming events.


Please check out my resume or website below for my directorial projects.

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Represented by q6 Talent & Artist Management,

and an active member of the

Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Society.


Photography Credit:

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News and Updates

I literally have the best, most fulfilling jobs in the world! Thank you for sharing these experiences with me either one stage or in the audience. Stay up to date on all the latest news about the productions and events I’m involved with by having a look at the content below.

Gender-Fication is a documentary about Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans communities living in the Pacific Northwest and the struggles they face on a daily basis.

The LGBTQ2IA+ community has always been seeking true liberation yet battling for a further understanding of their many differences.

As an underrepresented community, it’s time that their voices are heard.


There are many identities within the queer community and our friends were kind enough to share their experiences with us.


This is an intimate walk along the path of their journeys.


directed by

James R. Dixon

co-produced by

Brad Gill of 360 Labs

Andréa Tolbert

sound design by
Forrest Brennan

assistant creative director by

Rachel Bracker

featuring in order of appearance

Sheniqua Volt

Marquise Dickerson

Cole Prophet

Zeloszelos Marchandt

Lukas Eshkanag Niisaya'ii Soto

special thanks to

360 Labs

Sante Bar
CC Slaughters Nightclub

Daniel Quasar


Honey Hart

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Inspired by recent (and not so recent) events, Matter follows the quest of one young Black man looking to find answers to police brutality and gun violence. Determined to save Black lives, he seeks to sort out the noise of opposing viewpoints and social division with a methodical examination of facts. As his theatrical investigation uncovers patterns of senseless violence and clues lead him to the likelihood of his own death, the reality and tragedy of lives lost begins to truly hit home.



co-produced by

Portland Playhouse


Many Hats Collaboration

conceived, written and performed by

Charles Grant

film by

Tamera Lyn

directed by

James R. Dixon

movement direction by

Jessica Wallenfels

lighting design by

Thyra Hartshorn

sound by

Sharath Patel


"we need to share our wars."

       - Nayyirah Waheed

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