James is a recipient of three Green Room Awards, a Sydney Critics Award and the Helpmann Award for best leading actor in a musical. He did a degree in Writing and Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney; and in performance in Musical Theatre at WAAPA.
His stage credits include Trunchbull in the Australian/New Zealand tour of Matilda, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Chucky in Jerry Springer at The Opera House, Doug in Gutenberg, Noël Coward in Noël and Gertie, Mitchell in The Little Dog Laughed for The Ensemble Theatre, a European tour of Chess and most recently as Alan Bennett in the MTC’s Lady in the Van opposite Miriam Margolyes. He has also performed in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at London’s Royal Opera House and has narrated 15 audiobooks in England. Most recently he played The Baker in the acclaimed production of Into The Woods with Watch This.
He is the book and lyric writer of The HATPIN, Lovebites, A Little Touch of Chaos and most recently was commissioned to adapt The Dressmaker through the Pratt Foundation/Monash. James has a great love for new work and in 2020, he put together hope. new work development initiative to help the theatre-writing community exercise their creative muscles during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
As a teacher and director James has worked at WAAPA, VCA and Monash and can’t wait to help lead and create the 16th Street Musical Theatre program.