James is a charismatic and versatile professional dancer, director/choreographer & educator. James’s style is a combination of his love for Jazz & Musical Theatre alongside his extensive training in both the contemporary and commercial industries.
James' experience in all areas of the industry at multiple levels leaves him with a expansive and detailed skillset. From choreography and movement direction to musical direction and arranging to costume, lighting and set design, James provides a 360 degree view of the creation process and is a passionate, empathetic and driven leader.
James most recently was the Assistant Choreographer of Into Opera's 'Carmen' and before that Directed and Choreographed 'Saucy Jacks & The Space Vixens' at the Institute for Contemporary Theatre.
James assisted in the development of pioneering Jazz company House of Jazz founded by Christie Lee Manning, a company that curated and facilitates a 4 week Artist Development Program for professional Jazz artists alongside many other training opportunities collaborating with educators from both London and New York including the likes of Richard J Hinds, Al Blackstone, Diane Laurenson, Alan Burkitt and Jacqui Jameson. House of Jazz’s sister production company Jazz House Theatre also premiered an all-jazz dance production in 2018 called “Welcome To The Grand - An international journey through historical cabaret” which James co-directed and choreographed alongside the company’s artistic director.
Other examples of James's work are listed below.
SAUCY JACKS & THE SPACE VIXENS
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
A look into James's most recent musical theatre production of 'Saucy Jacks & The Space Vixens' for the degree students at The Institute for Contemporary Theatre.
Directed & Choreographed by James Michael Harris
Musical Direction by Danny Marland
Produced by Emma Edwards
Dance Captain: Hannah Stygall
'Young Frankenstein' performed by ICTheatre. An energetic and fun loving musical centred around Dr Frankenstein and his mad idea to bring his grandfather's monster to life.
Directed by Yorgos Karamalegos
Choreographed by James Michael Harris
Musical Direction by Michael Bradley
Stage Managed by Joshua Henry
I LOST A FRIEND
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR & PERFORMER
An artist submission for creative and movement direction. Inspired by the original artist Finneas. All movement improvised by featured artist Rose Alice.
Directed & Performed by James Michael Harris
Featured Artist: Rose Alice
Captured by Brendan Spaun
Produced by Chris Smith