James is a freelance designer, working throughout the UK and internationally.

Recent theatre includes: LONDON ROAD, PEOPLE, THE MAGISTRATE, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, MEN SHOULD WEEP and DOUBLE FEATURE (National Theatre); THE RECRUITING OFFICER and INADMISSABLE EVIDENCE (Donmar Warehouse); THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (Old Vic); SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS (Vaudeville Theatre, West End); GHOST STORIES at Liverpool Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, West End and Toronto (winner, Whitelight Best Lighting Design at the Whatsonstage Awards, 2011); JULIET AND HER ROMEO and FAR AWAY (Bristol Old Vic); RAGTIME, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, LORD OF THE FLIES (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, THE OVERCOAT (with Gecko Theatre) and TWISTED TALES (Lyric Hammersmith); THREE SISTERS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and THE CHANGELING (Young Vic); THE VILLAGE BIKE and WANDERLUST (Royal Court); and PLENTY (Sheffield Crucible).