James Napoleon Stone is the Artistic Director of Theatre Coup d'Etat. Favorite directing credits include Ivey Award-winning Hamlet, One Flea Spare, and the Ivey Award-winning Equus, for which he was awarded City Pages "Best Director 2016". He also recently wrote and directed an original adaptation of Moby Dick, honored with "Exceptional New Work" at the Minnesota Theatre Awards. Coup d'Etat was also honored to receive "Best Theater Troup" in 2019 from City Pages. He holds a Master's degree in education from Metropolitan State University and is currently working on his MFA in Directing with University of Idaho. James is honored to be a part of such a hard-working theatre community.
Hal/Henry V - ROGUE PRINCE: HENRY IV parts 1 and 2 - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Ariel - THE PILLOWMAN - Theatre Coup d'Etat
John Proctor - THE CRUCIBLE - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Tom - THE GLASS MENAGERIE - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Detective Inspector Nelson - RAT IN THE SKULL - Candid Theatre Co.
Jean - MISS JULIE - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Oberon - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Nat Dogwood - DOGWOOD* - Candid Theatre Co.
Judas Iscariot - THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT - Forgotten Goddess
Nathan Leopold - NEVER THE SINNER - Candid Theatre Co.
Osvald - GHOSTS - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Leartes - HAMLET* - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Mercutio - ROMEO & JULIET - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Chris - KILLER JOE - Candid Theatre Co.
Prior - ANGELS IN AMERICA - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Macbeth - MACBETH - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Jeffery - JEFFERY - Brazen Theatre
Macbeth - MACDUFF - Animal Fire Theatre
Max - BENT - Candid Theatre Co.
The Importance of Being Ernest - MS. PRISM - Theatre Arlo
Mercutio - ROMEO & JULIET - Idaho Repertory Theatre
Todd - UNNECESSARY FARCE - Idaho Repertory Theatre
Willum - THE NERD - Idaho Repertory Theatre
Sebastian - TWELFTH NIGHT - Idaho Repertory Theatre
Vince - TAPE - 6th Street Productions
Tom - FAT PIG - 6th Street Productions
William Shakespeare - THE TEMPEST - Theatre Coup d'Etat
James Napoleon Stone - MOBY DICK - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Peter Shaffer - EQUUS* - Theatre Coup d'Etat
William Shakespeare - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Naomi Wallace - ONE FLEA SPARE - Theatre Coup d'Etat
William Shakespeare - HAMLET* - Theatre Coup d'Etat
Tennessee Williams - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - Theatre Coup d’Etat
John Patrick Shanley - DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA - 6th Street Productions
*Ivey Award-winning production
BS - Theatre Arts, Universirty of Idaho (2009)
MSEd - Urban Education, Metropolitan State University (2019)
MFA Directing and Theatre Pedagogy - University of Idaho (2022)
Stanislavski Method with David Lee-Painter, Shakespeare, Meisner Technique, Comedy, Character Development, Audition Techniques, Monologues, Alexander Technique Voice and Text with Scott Kaiser, Artistic Staff, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
2019 - "Best Theatre Troupe" - THEATRE COUP D'ETAT - City Pages
2018 - "Exceptional New Work" - MOBY DICK - Minnesota Theatre Awards
2017 - "Outstanding Playwriting" - MOBY DICK - Lavender Magazine
2016 - "Best Director" - EQUUS - City Pages
2013 - Directing - HAMLET - Ivey Award
2012 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - KILLER JOE - Lavender Magazine
2011 - Extraordinary Performance - BENT - Lavender Magazine