Biography 

James is Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate in Northampton. He was previously Associate Director at the New Vic Theatre and Theatre503.

James has directed and developed new work by playwrights Katori Hall, David Eldridge, Mike Poulton, Ella Hickson, Roy Williams, Amy Herzog, Amanda Whittington, Arthur Miller, Ron Hutchinson, Dawn King, Dan O'Brien, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp, Molly Davies, Torben Betts, Bekah Brunstetter, Lisa Peterson, Denis O'Hare and composers Rachel Portman, These New Puritans, Orlando Gough, White Lies, Valgeir Sigurðsson, James Johnston, The Bad Seeds and Elena Langer amongst others. As Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate, he has produced original work by Ayub Khan-Din, Nicholas Wright, Tamsin Oglesby, Phil Porter, Ella Hickson, Oladipo Agboluaje, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Tim Crouch, Spymonkey, Seven Sisters Group, Laura Lomas, Wardrobe Ensemble, Simple8, Julia Donaldson, Sam Holcroft, Jessica Swale, Peepolykus and Georgia Pritchett amongst others. 

He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing, studied at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme and as an Assistant Director to twelve directors including Anne Bogart, Robert Woodruff and Silviu Purcarete. He is a 2017 Franco-British Young Leader. 

  Contact  

To contact James at Royal & Derngate, please write to Heather Mendonca at Heather.Mendonca@royalandderngate.co.uk. 

All other enquires should be addressed to Penny Wesson Management at penny@pennywesson.com or submitted via the form below. 

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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 722 6607 Fax: +44 (0) 7968 325 054