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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 has designed in all facets of the field in theatre, film and events.

James 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, Netball World Cup, Socceroo’s 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, Australian Idol and was both the costume and production designer on The Horizon television pilot.

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, David Campbell’s Let’s Go national 2012 tour and Trevor Ashley’s Little Orphan Trashley, Beached at Griffin Theatre Co and Marriage of Figaro at the Australian Conservatorium of Music.  

James was the associate designer on Graeme Murphy’s AIDA for Opera Australia and Stuart Maunder’s SHOUT! James’ set for Reg Livermore’s TURNS (national tour) was nominated for the 2012 Greenroom Awards.   James has recently designed two years of Pacha Sydney, Do You Hear the People Sing? in Shanghai, Pete the Sheep for Monkey Baa and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Velvet the Show.  
Currently he is working on the new circus show Blanc de Blanc at the Sydney Opera House, Ladies Day for Griffin Theatre Co, a national tour of Mr. Stink and Xanadu the Musical.