Has been involved in the Australian arts industry for the past 15 years where she has worked as a dancer, producer, director, choreographer, teacher and administrator. Her formal training includes a BA in Dance from the University of Western Sydney, a post-graduate diploma in Arts Management from UTS and most recently she has completed a post-graduate diploma in Movement Studies from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) with an experiential focus on direction, performance methods and teaching.
As an active member of the fringe arts community in Sydney, she has been extensively involved in the creation and production of new work. These include participating in various Festivals around Australia where she has collaborated, directed and performed original work. She has choreographed fifteen short works – and performed extensively around Australia. She has presented work at the Sydney Opera House, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Performance Space and The Sydney Dance Company to mention a few. Between 1994 and 1997 she co-directed a dance theatre company called FLESHDOLLIES.
She has organised both profit and non-profit events for the arts community and has been a company member of Darc Swan Dance Company and Street Theatre Troupe – StretchMK1 – which toured nationally and internationally.
Her teaching experience includes; contemporary and ballet tuition at Brent Street performing Arts School, Dance in Education Workshops with Darc Swan Dance Company, touring to regional centres in Australia, Adult Education programs through the University of Western Sydney and movement workshops in public schools. Samantha has also worked voluntarily as a movement teacher and facilitator for an Indigenous Australian and Non-Indigenous Australian youth group based in inner Sydney. She currently teaches Movement for the acting curriculum at NIDA as well as working extensively with their education program taking physical theatre workshops for various ages and abilities. exploring waiting.
In a production and administrative capacity she has worked for the Australia Council for the Arts the national funding body for the arts with both the Dance and Community Cultural Development Boards. She has also worked as a theatrical agent and a production assistant for The Ensemble Theatre. She currently she is working with Regional Arts NSW as the grants administration officer.
Most recently she has travelled to New York to study with prestigious American director Anne Bogart.
Graduated from the Centre for the Performing Arts in 1993 as an Actor and has worked with Magpie Theatre Company (“Anaheim Magic”), Not So Straight Theatre Company (“Poor Superman”) and Brand X Theatre (“And the Ass Saw the Angel”).
James has also worked as a Dancer with Restless Dance Company (“Precious”), Fish Kiss (“Trees I’m Climbing”) and Fleshdollies (“Peggy’s After Sales Service”).
As a Director, James has worked for Brand X (“True West”, “Class of 98”, “Resolution”, “Partly its about love, Partly its about Massacre” and “Last of the Knucklemen”) the State Opera Company of South Australia (“Mavra”), Restless Dance Company (“The Days Allotted to Me”), Urban Myth Theatre of Youth (“Opera Kapow” and “In My Life I Died Once or Twice”), AIT Arts (“Man With Bags”), Budgie Lung Theatre Company (“The Boys”), Shopfront Theatre (“Exceptionable” and “Neo-Sun”) and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House (“Gender Offender”).
He has been Artistic Director for Brand X and D Faces of Youth Arts, along with Associate Director for Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Project Officer for Carclew Youth Arts Centre and Assistant Director for State Theatre of South Australia’s production of “Equus”.
James has also worked as an Artistic Director for festivals and events including American University in Cairo (“World Refugee Day”), the Centenary of Federation (“Whyalla 100”), Sydney 2002 Sports and Cultural Festival (“Grand Ball” and “Oceania”) and Feast Festival (“2001 Youth Hub”).
His Community Cultural Development experience includes working with a variety of marginalised communities on theatre projects including young people with physical and intellectual disabilities, street dependent young people, same-sex attracted young people, incarcerated youth, IV drug dependent young people, sex workers, remote indigenous communities, juvenile justice clients and dual diagnosis.
Recently James has worked in Cairo Egypt with Sudanese refugees on a 6 month Australia Council grant to establish community cultural development projects for artists in exile.
Currently James is a tutor for Australian Theatre for Youth People and Shopfront Theatre for Young People, and workshop facilitator/ theatre director for Company B’s Education Program with Key College (Youth off the Streets) and South Sydney Youth Service’s Dual Diagnosis Program.