BTE’s 2020-2021 Season is James’s 43rd with the theatre he helped create in 1978, with many other fellow graduates from Northwestern University who had migrated to Bloomsburg to study with the renown acting teacher Alvina Krause.
He has performed in numerous BTE productions of classic, contemporary, and original plays, most recently as Robin in last year’s The Children.
In recent seasons he has played Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Frank in Body Awareness, ensemble in The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time, Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph Priestley in the world premiere of Gunpowder Joe.
Past favorite roles include Lucky in Waiting for Godot , Malvolio in Twelfth Night , Higgins in Pygmalion, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dionysus in The Women of Bakkhos, the title role in The Merchant of Venice , Serge in Art , Arthur in Superior Donuts, Claudius and the Ghost in Hamlet, Alan in Opus, Squeezem in Daddy Tightwad (which he also adapted from Moliere’s The Miser ), The Bishop in Getting Married, and numerous Bloomsburg citizens in Letters to the Editor, which was broadcast on WVIA, the area's PBS Television affiliate.
Directing credits include I and You, Julius Caesar, The 39 Steps, Doubt, Let’s Play Two, Much Ado About Nothing, The Hypochondriac, and his original adaptations A Midnight Dreary (from Poe), Hans Upon a Time (from Hans Christian Anderson,) and Merry Christmas, George Bailey!
He has also written and directed history shows for BTE”s school touring program: All Aboard! (the transcontinental railroad) and Capture the Flag! (kids of the Civil War).
For continued training he has participated in workshops with Shakespeare and Company, The Society of American Fight Directors, and the Noh Training Project (with whom he appeared in the chorus of three Noh plays).
James has been a guest artist with the Algonquin Theatre Club, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bravo! Dance, and Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania’s national tour as Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, and co-starred in the independent film Human Resources. He has been an adjunct professor of Voice and Movement at Bloomsburg University, where he also directed The Laramie Project. James has toured with BTE to California, Washington, DC, and Africa.