James holds a BA in Theatre from California State University Dominguez Hills, a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA, a California Teaching Credential, and a Ryan Designated Subjects Vocational Education Credential in Theatre Arts. He is a member of BMI, the Recording Academy or NARAS, the Academy for New Musical Theatre the American Composers Forum, The Playwrights' Center, Dramatists Guild of America. and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
He has studied music under Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated composers such as Gerald Fried (Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, Star Trek, Napoleon and Josephine) Thom Sharp (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Aladdin, Little Mermaid) Jerry Grant (Quantum Leap, Hired to Kill, Hunter) and composition under Dr. Russel Steinberg one of America's leading Neo-Classical composers and performers.
As a writer - James has written and produced four musicals. "This Time and Age" A Musical Opera, "Way Back When" A Musical Fairy Tale, "Times Up" and "Passionwood." He has written a screenplay a teleplay and one anthology called "Today's Anthology" a series of monologues and a one act play. He has also produced several non-musical works as well.
As a director James has directed such diverse works as Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, A Raisin in the Sun, The Piano Lesson, Barefoot in the Park, The Colored Museum, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, The Dutchman and more.
As a composer, he has composed original music for musicals,
plays and film. "Bridget's Girl" recently won the 2008 Chameleon Theatre Cirlce award for Best Musical for which he wrote the music. In addition to composing original music for his own CD "Born to Score!" James' passion for the arts is matched only by his passion for his family. James recently retired from teaching in 2007.