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Linda Bannister and James E. Hurd Jr.Linda Bannister and James E. Hurd Jr.


Linda Bannister, professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature from the University of Southern California and is an endowed chair at LMU.  She and her writing partner, James E. Hurd, Jr., have had two plays selected for presentation at the  National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Bannister co-wrote and produced the world premiere run of Turpentine Jake at the Del Rey Theater in LA, which was nominated for two 2009 NAACP Theatre Awards, winning one. Bannister and Hurd’s work has also been seen at Theatre Unlimited, First Stage, Stage 52, The Greenway Court Theatre, The ACME Theatre and The Actor’s Gang, all in LA. Their work has also been seen on stages in Florida, Georgia, New York and New Jersey. Bannister and Hurd’s short film, ”Poet of the Swingin’ Blade” that was invited to nine film festivals, winning at two.



James E. Hurd, Jr. is a writer, actor and director,  co-authoring civil rights-themed dramas with Linda Bannister. Turpentine Jake, about Blacks enslaved under debt peonage in 1930’s Florida, was selected for the National Black Theatre Festival and GPTC 2009, and premiered at the Del Rey Theater in LA, directed by and starring Hurd. TJ was awarded a 2009 NAACP Theatre Award and nominated for two. GPTC 2010 has invited Turpentine Jake back as part of its Evening Performance Series. Hurd and Bannister’s short film Poet of the Swingin’ Blade won at San Diego Black Film Festival and Best Art/Experimental Film, Fort Omaha Film Conference 2009. Hurd co-founded The Kohl Players in LA Hurd has recently appeared (2009-10) in The Mystery Plays, Vukani:Wake-Up, “Who is Curtis Lee?” , Soldier’s Voices and The Hollow on Los Angeles area stages including The Actor’s Gang, The Met Theatre and The Long Beach Playhouse.