JAMES DANFORD was recently horrified to realize he’s been working in the business for 50 years. But there he was, attending a Saturday morning training program at the local community theatre in 1969. Well, it was a runaway train from then on, with his youth spent at Trumbull New Theatre, in NE Ohio, until he went to Kent State University. There were nine theatres on campus in the 1970s, so James graduated from college having worked on multiple dozens of shows – sometimes designing one, propping another, and stage managing a third. Being able to do almost unlimited numbers of shows in college is rare today, since the focus on the arts has all but disappeared. “Find your bliss” someone told him, and he did when Kenley Players gave him his Equity card to assistant stage manage Cabaret with Billy Crystal and Donna McKechnie. Against all odds, he has never stopped working. Now, this is important: please, ladies and gentlemen, support the arts! Funding is drying up from the state and local governments! All the arts need you!