James has over 20 years of theatre experience as a performer, designer, technician, stage manager and he has also dabbled in writing, producing and directing. His strengths lie in: understanding the big picture while contributing to the details, innovative ideas and supporting all members of a team to thrive in a theatre environment.
I acted throughout school and university while taking a keen interest in helping to decorate set and procure/make props for the productions.
After completing my BA (hons) in Interior Architecture I began my career as a technician and set / lighting designer at a public school theatre in Surrey.
Since 2001 I have been the company stage manager and production designer for Angels Theate School / Alma Studios on a show by show basis. The school has students from 4 years old through to adults. I designed the set & lighting and was the stage manager for their sell out production of ‘The Tempest’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2010/2011 I co-wrote, acted in and toured ‘Bible on a Washing Line’ with grant funding to perform in schools. I was also the tour manager and technical director for the show.
2012 saw a move back to full time theatre work as the Creative Arts Director at a retreat / conference centre in Devon. The role included writing and directing 3 main shows a year for a cast of 70 from 20 different countries.
After redundancy in 2014, I took a technician job at a secondary school theatre near Bristol and developed a crew training programme including; lighting, sound, set, props, wardrobe, projection and H&S. I was duty manager alongside the technical work and also built set for A-Level productions.
I am currently working with ‘3 Crowns Performing Arts’, a new theatre company associated with Bristol Diocese. We are developing some work around Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
I enjoy stage management and technical work but my real passion is on the design side and supporting production teams to think about innovative use of set, lighting and technology.