James originally trained as an actor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
As Director: Amdram: A Musical Comedy (The Other Palace); 57th National Mathlete Sum-It (Stockwell Playhouse); Half A Sixpence, Guys & Dolls Jr (New Wimbledon Theatre).
As Associate Director: Midnight (Seoul, South Korea).
As Assistant Director: Calendar Girls The Musical (Phoenix Theatre); The Full Monty (2016/2017 & 2018/2019 UK tours); Jerry's Girls (St James Theatre & Jermyn Street Theatre). Workshops include: Take That’s musical The Band; Calendar Girls The Musical; The Illusionist. James was assistant to Drew McOnie on Strictly Ballroom The Musical(Piccadilly Theatre).
James is also a playwright and was shortlisted for The Old Vic 12 in 2016. His debut play Posterboy won first prize in the Arch and Bruce Brown Playwright Competition in November 2017.