James studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Manchester and trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course. He was awarded Best Set Design at the 2013 Off-West End Awards for Mercury Fur.
Designs: Blush (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Educating Rita (Hull Truck Theatre), Dan and Phil: The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire (UK Tour/London Palladium/US Tour/Australian Tour), Toast (Park Theatre/UK Tour/59E59 New York), Clybourne Park, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (RADA), Dracula, A Midsummer Night's Dream (LAMDA), A Further Education, State Red (Hampstead Theatre), Brenda (Hightide Festival/ Yard Theatre), Cuddles (Oval House/UK Tour/59E59 New York), The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre), Buckets, When We Were Women (Orange Tree Theatre), Chicken, The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare (Eastern Angles), The Father, Donkey Heart (Trafalgar Studios 2), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic Parallel Production), Our Ajax, I Am A Camera, Execution of Justice (Southwark Playhouse), John Ferguson, A Life, The Sluts of Sutton Drive (Finborough Theatre), Thrill Me (Edinburgh Festival/UK Tour), Milkmilklemonade (Oval House), Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios 2).
Associate Designer: A View from the Bridge (Young Vic/West-End), Antigone (Barbican/International Tour).
James has worked as an Assistant Designer to ULTZ, Jan Versweyveld, Bunny Christie, Lucy Osborne and Robert Innes-Hopkins.