- By appointment
James has spent the majority of his career as a freelance music director, composer, arranger and keyboard player. Originally from London, England, James emigrated to the States just over a decade ago. He studied Performing Arts at Middlesex University majoring in orchestration and composition and then went onto the Graduate Acting and Musical Theatre Program at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he won a singing scholarship. James has worked as music director on over a hundred musicals. Shows in the UK include the national tours of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind, and Joseph And His Amazing Technicolored® Dreamcoat. Shows in the US include Under Fire (The Theater at St. Clements, NYC), Caroline or Change (Cyrano’s Playhouse, AK), Bat Boy (The Lyman Theatre, CT) and A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol® (The Butte Theatre, CO). James has helped the publishing house Music Theatre International create school editions for Rent and Aida, and worked with Andrew Lippa to create a school version of The Wild Party. He was music director for the world premiere of the stage version of High School Musical. James has also over a number of years musically directed the opening and closing numbers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City including in 2012 being music director the Emmy award winning song “(Won’t You) Join Our Parade”. James is also the music supervisor for Thin Air Theatre Company, a professional regional Theatre Company, based in Colorado.
James has always had a passion towards education, and working with the performers of tomorrow, as well as being a practitioner. Before moving to the US, James headed the musical theatre program at Amersham & Wycombe College, a large college in London. On moving across the pond he then spent a year working as an adjunct professor (Musical Theatre specialist) at the Yale School of Drama. He is also the head of the music department and member of the casting committee at the world famous Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York, where he still spends his summers musically directing three shows, teaching master classes, and overseeing a team of nine music directors.
Last Updated: December 03, 2018