Staff Profile: Tony James, Course Director

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  • Tony James, Course Director

  • Position:

    Course Director, Acting Part-time; Module Year Co-ordinator

  • Teaching Area:

    Acting, Part-time; American Theatre Arts

  • Qualifications:

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education; Diploma in Acting; BSc.

  • Professional Practice:

    Actor, producer and director


Tony James trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama.  Having toured his one-man show, he was commissioned to write six 30-minute radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.  He worked with Deborah Warner (Kick Theatre Company) and George Murcell (St. George’s Theatre Company), and then co-founded the Cracked Mirror Theatre Company which toured throughout the UK with such plays as Woyzeck, Yerma, Peer Gynt, La Malade Imaginaire, and premieres of contemporary European playwrights.

He founded the DOC Theatre in Kentish Town in 1988, where he produced and directed over 120 plays, working with Polly Irvin, Deborah Warner (again), Michael Walling, and Katie Mitchell.  Since 2001, as well as working at many other drama schools, he has worked full-time at Rose Bruford College for American Theatre Arts, the MA programme, the International programme, European Theatre Arts, and the Acting Course.  He is now Course Director for the Acting Part Time course.