James is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, Northampton. He was previously Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Theatre503.
Theatre credits include: Brave New World (Royal & Derngate/Touring Consortium Theatre Company), The Hook (Royal & Derngate/Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); King John (Royal & Derngate/Shakespeare’s Globe/Salisbury International Festival); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Royal & Derngate/Royal Exchange Theatre/Northern Stage); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate); The Body of an American (Royal & Derngate Underground Studio/The Gate Theatre – Evening Standard Award nomination); Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe, European Tour and 2012 revival); The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange Theatre, TMA Award for Best Design); King James Bible (National Theatre); The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios 1/Theatre503, Olivier Award for Best New Play); Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios, London Theatre Festival Award for Best Play, Evening Standard Award nomination); The Thrill of Love (New Vic/Stephen Joseph and transfer to St James Theatre); 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal and transfer to The Print Room); Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic/National Youth Theatre); Nightshifts (Traverse); The Unconquered (UK tour and off-Broadway transfer); Judgement Day (The Print Room); Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop (New Vic). Work Off-Broadway includes Baal, The Error of Their Ways, Work and Come and Go. James has directed and developed new work by Arthur Miller, David Eldridge, Dawn King, Mike Poulton, Ron Hutchinson, Rachel Portman, These New Puritans, Roy Williams, Katori Hall, Amanda Whittington, Dan O’Brien, White Lies, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp, Molly Davies, Torben Betts, Bekah Brunstetter and Ella Hickson amongst others. He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.