James A. Goins

James A. Goins

The Dramatist Guild of America, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, BMI, The American Composers Forum and The Playwrights Center. He is the Executive Director of the Laity Institute of the Arts, a Private Arts Foundation which teaches the visual and performing arts to children and adults. He is also an accomplished playwright and composer. He learned to hone his skills in musical theatre through New Musicals...
The Dramatist Guild of America, Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, BMI, The American Composers Forum and The Playwrights Center. He is the Executive Director of the Laity Institute of the Arts, a Private Arts Foundation which teaches the visual and performing arts to children and adults. He is also an accomplished playwright and composer. He learned to hone his skills in musical theatre through New Musicals Inc.

He studied music under Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated composers such as Gerald Fried (Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, Star Trek, Napoleon and Josephine) Thomas Richard Sharp (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Aladdin, Little Mermaid) Jerry Grant (Quantum Leap, Hired to Kill, Hunter) and composition under Dr. Russel Steinberg one of America's leading Neo-Classical composer, conductor and music educators. He was also the subject of an original autobiographical television pilot written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin and produced by Linda Obst and Stacey Sher called "Homeboyz" dealing with the care and nurturing of hardened gang members and student dropouts in Watts and South-Central Los Angeles in the 1990's.

He most recently completed a TV Sci-Fi pilot and a TV Drama pilot which he adapted into a feature-length screenplay called "2 Much 4 Words" for VEL Films his indie film company. He also released his fourth CD "Fast Forward" an EP with remastered never released tracks re-imaged for a 21st-century listening audience. James also released the long-awaited concept recording of "This Time and Age" A New Rock Musical along the musical lines of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which in his words is his "artistic love letter to Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's seminal work."

James has a BA in Theatre from California State University Dominguez Hills. He later attended UCLA where he received his Teaching Credential and completed his training in Film Scoring from UCLA's Film Scoring program. He also holds an

Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University. He is a much sought-after acting coach and has been directly or indirectly involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.

Plays

  • Bridget's Girl A Musical
    "Winner - Best Musical" Chameleon Theatre Circle's Tenth Annual New Play Contest!

    Bridget is trying to get started on her sculpture. A skylight illuminates a wire structure roughly the size of a very tall female with arms reaching up standing in the middle of her studio, but every time she begins to work, something interferes.

    A memory pops into her head; something...
    "Winner - Best Musical" Chameleon Theatre Circle's Tenth Annual New Play Contest!

    Bridget is trying to get started on her sculpture. A skylight illuminates a wire structure roughly the size of a very tall female with arms reaching up standing in the middle of her studio, but every time she begins to work, something interferes.

    A memory pops into her head; something one of her parents said makes her lose confidence; she gets a call about her daughter, Annie, ditching school again, or Richard, her husband, interrupts her to express his frustration with work. Then there’s the sexy painter down the hall, Jimmy, suggesting new possibilities and causing even more distraction.

    In the past, Bridget got caught up in using her art to express her feelings about the whole gender thing. There were the giant household appliances, the reptiles with human faces, the Medusa-like figure devouring the ram, but none of that work was taken seriously. Her plan now is to make a sculpture in the Classical style, of the wood nymph, Daphne, transformed into a tree by her father to protect her from the advances of Apollo. Annie still thinks this one is about being angry at men and wonders how her mother can make something beautiful when she’s angry.

    Length: 120 Minutes
    18 numbers
    5M and 5W
    Set Requirements: Single Set with Multiple levels. Props and set pieces determine locations.
  • Way Back When A Musical Fairy Tale
    War has broken out over the death of a patriarch. One brother, taking his lead from the biblical story of Esau and Jacob, steals his brother’s birthright and the kingdom is split in two. Thus begins Way Back When (The tale of the Clown from Pollis Minor.)

    At the start we meet Clown a court jester from the old kingdom of Pollis before it was split in two. He now rides back and forth between the...
    War has broken out over the death of a patriarch. One brother, taking his lead from the biblical story of Esau and Jacob, steals his brother’s birthright and the kingdom is split in two. Thus begins Way Back When (The tale of the Clown from Pollis Minor.)

    At the start we meet Clown a court jester from the old kingdom of Pollis before it was split in two. He now rides back and forth between the two opposing kingdoms trying to mend what was once whole. Only cunning, skill and outright manipulation of men, their hearts and God can make that happen and Clown is the person for it.

    With the end of the war his catalyst, and the love of two young hearts as his guide, he forges forth to uncover a most incredible secret, that if revealed would have dire consequence for both kingdoms!

    Length: 90 Minutes
    17 Numbers
    5M and 5W (+) 6 Additional
    Set Requirements: Single Set. Props and set pieces determine locations.
  • This Time and Age a Rock Musical
    In eons past, before the awakening of Man (אדם - Adam) a great rebellion and war took place in the heavens. At the center of the conflict was the creation of a new realm, the new god-like creation that was to occupy this realm and the ultimate overthrow of the Kingdom by one who believed he could ascend the throne without challenge. It was a war so fierce that one-third of the beings from this realm were...
    In eons past, before the awakening of Man (אדם - Adam) a great rebellion and war took place in the heavens. At the center of the conflict was the creation of a new realm, the new god-like creation that was to occupy this realm and the ultimate overthrow of the Kingdom by one who believed he could ascend the throne without challenge. It was a war so fierce that one-third of the beings from this realm were defeated and cast out losing their positions and entrance to it forever.

    Present Day

    Two and a half years ago after the announcement of the (M.E.U.) Middle East Union’s newly appointed Czar of peace, 32% of the world’s population vanished from the face of the earth without a trace or warning. On the tail-end of this event with world-wide panic, religious fanaticism and Geo-political tensions rising globally the major governments of the world were finally forced to disclose the existence of, and involvement with, extraterrestrial life. Shortly thereafter, the "Creators" made their return.

    ​They claimed responsibility for the sudden and mass disappearance of nearly 2.5 billion souls calling it a “relocation.” Stating the action was necessary to bring peace to a world hindered by those who held a flawed view of their religion, which was incompatible with the universal oneness of all beings and who would in their words: "hinder peace on planet earth.” They would however, "allow events to stay their course, now that the social, moral and religious barrier for human development had been taken out of the way.” There would be, “no overwhelming interference from them."

    ​​Wars subsided, rebellions were put down, governments still maintained their sovereignty and a new religious system arose from the ecumenical movement which gained popularity in the early 21st century which flourished after the relocation. It is headed by the New World Church in Rome. With this pretext in place, our story begins.

    Cyrus Peters has been searching for his father since the sudden removal of billions of people from around the world. One day a package arrives at his home containing two books. One, a small, odd metallic book. The other, his father’s journal. While searching through the journal he comes across a slim drive hidden in its lining. On it is an audio file with a cryptic message in reference to the small metallic book: "Return to God before the Fallen One finds."

    Believing his father may still be alive Cyrus sets out to find him by using the journal as a guide and in the process learn how to return the book. However, little does he know that his quest will bring him closer to a face-to-face confrontation with the Fallen One himself, who has been searching for the one thing that could alter man's destiny and fulfill his insidious plan, the possession of "The Book of the Sealed."

    With time ticking down and a world still in flux, an imminent showdown between the forces of good and evil will throw us headlong into an adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat as our hero’s quest moves him toward the ultimate truth in This Time and Age A Rock Musical.