Jeff James is a theatre director, writer and dramaturg. Originally from Leeds, he is now based in London. 

He has directed plays at the Young Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Rose Theatre Kingston and the Yard.

Jeff’s writing includes an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (with James Yeatman) and Stink Foot, a new version of Philoctetes by Sophocles.

As dramaturg, he frequently collaborates with the choreographers Jess and Morgs, including on Coppélia for Scottish Ballet, which won Best Classical Choreography at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2023.

He has been associate director on seven of Ivo van Hove's productions, including A View from the Bridge, A Little Life and Hedda Gabler.

Jeff is currently directing Nina Segal’s new play Shooting Hedda Gabler at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, to open in October 2023. In spring 2024 he will direct his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale at the Dailes Theatre, Riga, Latvia.

Jeff is represented by Tracey Elliston at United Agents.

Contact: jeffwjames[at]gmail[dot]com
(Please do not use this email for casting inquiries)

Photo: Johan Persson