James Douglas – General Manager, Director, Performer
James originally received acting training at the University of Victoria and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. As a performer he has appeared in stage plays across North America, including The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A View from the Bridge, The Mail Order Bride, Chemin de Fer, Romeo and Juliet, Seven Stories, Filthy Rich, Odd Jobs, The Marowitz Hamlet, Electra, Ion and The Fred Wells Show. He has taken principal roles in a number of independent films and shorts, including X Spots the Mark, My Pyramids, Notaries, Defenseless, Pigboy, Like Blood Through Ice, Stalking and Final Breath, as well as written and performed for sketch comedy troupes such as the Acclaim Jumpers, Beg Dirty Nun, the Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association, and the Sunset Cabaret.
In 2000 James was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria, and in 2004 completed one year of graduate coursework at the university’s Theatre department before embarking on an internship with renowned avant-garde theatre director and drama critic Charles Marowitz during his historic production of Vaclav Havel’s Pokoŭsení [English: Temptation] at the National Theatre of the Czech Republic.
In 2005 James traveled to the Netherlands to write, produce, and direct The Tulip and the Maple Leaf, a documentary short film celebrating the enduring post-WWII friendship between the Canadian and Dutch peoples, which premiered at Ontario’s Royal Botanical Gardens in 2006. Since then he has been in production of an epic documentary feature about Canada’s theatrical wunderkind Charles Ross and the international mega-hit One Man Star Wars Trilogy, as well as writing dramatic scripts and screenplays for projects funded by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Barkerville Historic Town, Destination BC, and the Provincial Capital Commission. James was the on-air host of Shaw TV’s BC150 Years series of documentary shorts in 2008, and in 2010 began production (with Patrick Curling and Jacey Schindel) of a broadcast television documentary about British Columbia’s past and current gold rushes (narrated by CBC Radio’s Mark Forsythe) called Wilds to Riches.
Wilds to Riches was officially presented by CBC Television in July of 2013, and has been rebroadcast throughout British Columbia and internationally via satellite more than a dozen times since. The film was nominated for a 2014 Leo Award for Best Documentary Screenplay, and for his role as co-producer James received the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association’s Best Marketing Initiative award.
Over the past two decades James has produced or co-produced a number of noteworthy theatre projects, including the national touring premiere of Daniel McIvor’s Never Swim Alone on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit, three seasons of a live, improvised, comedic serial soap opera (V8W 1K8: A Table for Four) for the Eclectic Circus, Charles Marowtiz: Recycling Shakespeare for the Metro Theatre, Don Webster’s Spin for the New Vic Theatre Co., The Saints of British Rock for London UK Records, and a site-specific staging of William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at Victoria’s Emily Carr House.
James’s recent directing credits include The Saints of British Rock, The Bride of Barkerville, Lady Overlander, The Great Love of Queen Victoria, The Sinister Secret of Hatley Castle, Fangs for the Memories, and Das Love Boot. He has also worked as dramaturge on critically-lauded productions of Andrew Hamilton’s Kaliban (originally Caliban: a Pseudo-Shakespeareanesque Geek Act), Sally Clark’s Wanted, and Anne Carson’s contemporary translation of Sophocles’ Electra.
James has served as both road manager and stage manager for Charles Ross’s One Man Star Wars Trilogy and his follow-up One Man Lord of the Rings, and as a result has operated in an assortment of North American performance venues, including Lamb’s Theatre (New York, NY), the Opera House (Boston, MA), the Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, IN), the Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA), the City National Grove of Anaheim (Anaheim, CA), Zeum Theatre (San Francisco, CA), the Bell Centre for the Performing Arts (Surrey, BC), Performance Works (Vancouver, BC), the Metro Theatre (Victoria, BC), and the Belfry Theatre (Victoria, BC). He has also helped administer appearances by Mr. Ross on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly, and a variety of national and regional television and radio programs throughout the United States and Canada.Oman Media, the arts marketing company James founded in 2005, has worked with Fringe theatre veterans like Alex Dallas (Drama Queen), Charles Ross (One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings), Michael Schaldemose (Call Me Kirk), Andrew Hamilton (Kaliban), Randy Rutherford (One Frigid Shiny Knight) and Julia Mackay (Jake’s Gift). Additionally, Oman Media’s client list includes talent management companies such as PKF Productions (Boy Groove), and SL Feldman & Associates (One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings).
As an historical interpreter and interpretation consultant, James has worked with (and in many cases continues to work with) organizations like Barkerville Heritage Trust, Royal Roads University, the Royal British Columbia Museum, British Columbia Museums Association, the Heritage Tourism Alliance of BC, North Vancouver Museum and Archives, Storyeum, Emily Carr House, British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, the Provincial Capital Commission, Historical Xperiences, Inc., Legend Excursions, Armand Hammer’s United World College of the American West, and the Boy Scouts of America. He is currently the Manager of Visitor Experiences and Public Relations for Barkerville Historic Town & Park (western North America’s largest living history museum) and has been Artistic Associate and General Manager of Histrionics Theatre Co. since 2001.
Histrionics Theatre Co.
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