James graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2001 with a degree in Set and Costume Design before attending the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Art Direction. He is a designer working across theatre, film and events.
James has designed the sets for the LOVE COOKING FESTIVAL in London as well as Jamie Oliver’s live stadium show in Melbourne and Rick Stein’s show in New Zealand. Event designs include the Prague Castle for the Visa Board Dinner, The Netball World Cup, The Socceroos Anniversary Gala, Netflix Australia Launch and various floats in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.
James has worked on television shows such as SURVIVOR, ALL SAINTS, and AUSTRALIAN IDOL and was both the costume and production designer on THE HORIZON television pilot directed by Stephan Elliott (Priscilla Queen of the Desert).
James designed a development production of FAUST for the Sydney Theatre Company and costumes for NEW BREED for the Sydney Dance Company. Other theatre design credits include LOVE BITES, FAT SWAN, SIDE BY SIDE, ORDINARY DAYS, THE LAST 5 YEARS, THE SINGAPORE THEATRE PRACTICE, IOTA, NIDA, DOGFIGHT, THE HUMAN NATURE MOTOWN NATIONAL TOUR, EMPIRE, and JUST FOR LAUGHS at the Sydney Opera House starring John Cleese. He has also designed David Campbell’s LET’S GO national 2012 tour and Trevor Ashley’s LITTLE ORPHAN TRASHLEY, BEACHED (Griffin Theatre Co) and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Australian Conservatorium of Music).
James was the associate designer on Graeme Murphy’s AIDA (Opera Australia) and Stuart Maunder’s SHOUT! James’ set for Reg Livermore’s TURNS was nominated for the 2012 Greenroom Awards. Between 2012 and 2014 James designed set and costumes for PACHA Sydney at The Ivy for which he received an APDG nomination in 2014.
James recently designed DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? in Shanghai, PETE THE SHEEP (Monkey Baa), THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW and VELVET starring Marcia Hines which has had sell-out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and the Sydney Opera House.
2016 was another busy year for James, which included designing costumes on the new circus show BLANC DE BLANC at the Sydney Opera House, set and costume design for LADIES DAY (Griffin Theatre), a national tour of MR STINK, costumes for XANADU THE MUSICAL (The Hayes Theatre) and mostly recently set and costumes for LETTERS TO LINDY for Merrigong Theatre Company.
In 2017 James has designed set and costumes for CABARET at the Hayes Theatre, and costumes for LIMBO – UNHINGED at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.