Theatre Music Dance
JB3Entertainment is committed to engaging, enlightening and entertaining our audiences with impassioned and compelling theatrical experiences, every time.
JB3E is run by Artistic Director and founder, James Blackmon. With over 35 years of theatrical experience as a producer, music director and an Award winning actor & director, in addition to over 40 years of experience as a working musician, JB3E is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to provide powerfully moving yet entertaining theatrical experiences in the disciplines of drama, music and dance.
Artistic Director, James Blackmon, began his theatre career as an 11 year old kid playing a "General In The Ozian Army" in a local children's theatre production of The Wizard Of Oz. Since then, James has played many roles in numerous productions, including, chorus parts in Showboat, Hello Dolly, Oliver, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity and Hairspray, "Cal" in The Little Foxes, "Vladimir" in Waiting For Godot, "Jim" in Huck Finn, "Crooks" in Of Mice And Men, "Asagai" in A Raisin In The Sun, "Neal Tilden," and "Johnny Cantone" in The 1940's Radio Hour and "Daddy Warbucks" in Annie. James has also directed both musicals and plays, including, Dreamgirls, The 1940's Radio Hour, Annie, The Real Queen Of Hearts Aint Even Pretty, Steel Magnolias, Doubt: A Parable, The Lisbon Traviata, and 12 Angry Women, and music directed several musicals, including, Dreamgirls, The 1940's Radio Hour, Annie and Seussical.
Also an accomplished professional musician (piano, vocals) James has been a working musician practically his entire life, having booked his first gig at 8 years old as the pianist of his church's youth choir. Since then, James has played all across the country and the world both as the front man of several vocal groups in Alabama, New Orleans, Ohio and Hamburg, Germany, and as a solo artist for three years as a piano bar entertainer for Holland America Cruise Line. From 2007-2009 James was the co-owner and featured weekend performer at his Columbus, OH piano bar, James Club 88. In addition, James has recorded three CDs, and gigs regularly in piano bars and jazz clubs in Columbus.
James is also the current president of the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable.
Technical Director Duane Adams has been technical directing and designing sets for decades. As an undergraduate at Ohio State, in addition to studying theatre, Duane was a member of the OSU Marching Band and a varsity cheerleader. Over the last 20+ years, Duane has provided numerous designs for shows, including, You Can't Take It With You, Done To Death, Brigadoon, and Steel Magnolias.