James is a graduate of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full Time program.
He previously attended Monash University, where he achieved his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, Theatre and Film Studies. He performed regularly with the Monash University Student Theatre company in a number of roles that included lead performances in Spring Awakening directed by Yvonne Virsik (co-production with the Monash Performing Arts Academy), Romeo & Juliet directed by Mark Wilson (with the Monash Shakespeare Company) and The Lieutenant Of Inishmore. Other credits include The Pillowman and Macbeth.
James has also been an active member of the Melbourne independent theatre scene, engaging on and offstage in productions with several companies including performances at The Arts Centre. James’s screen credits include Bloom, Judy & Punch, independent feature Angel Of Light, shorts Utropia, Skateboys, Rest In Piss, Break & Enter, For Your Convenience and 48 Hour Film Festival finalist Apocabricks. James appeared on stage in the acclaimed 2015 production of Psychopomp at La Mama and recently premiered new work Rainbow Man at Forty-five Downstairs with his collaborative company Goodnight Darlings.
James is also the Assistant Artistic Director of North of Eight, an independent theatre collective whose inaugural season in 2017 was very well received. In July 2018, he performed in their World Premiere of Philtrum, directed by Peter Blackburn.
Jessica is an actor and playwright from Melbourne. She is also the Chair of Melbourne theatre collective North of Eight.
After topping the state of Victoria with a perfect score in drama at the end of high school, Jessica went on to receive a Victorian Premier’s Award, the Jennifer Francis Drama Prize, and a scholarship to study at Monash University. While completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts, Jessica was awarded the Outstanding Year Level Achiever and a Dean’s Recognition Award following her work in August: Osage County. In 2015, she concurrently completed the Full-Time Program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and a Bachelor of Psychology at Swinburne University. She has also trained at 16th Street, TAFTA, Melbourne Acting Academy and the Rehearsal Room, as well as working with renowned Australian director Kim Farrant and world-class intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien.
On-screen credits include roles on The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Glitch. In 2018, Jessica received critical acclaim for her solo performance in Ross & Rachel (Theatre Works). In 2016, she was nominated for Best Performance Award for her solo performance in Ménage at Melbourne Fringe Festival. Other stage credits include Extinction (Complete Works, dir. Andrew Blackman), Strata, Inc. (North of Eight, dir. Faran Martin), Navy Pier (North of Eight, dir. Phoebe Anne Taylor), Between the Sheets (Owl & Cat, dir. Thomas Ian Doyle) and her own play It's Alright, Sid it's Alright (La Mama, dir. Robert Reid).
Her directing debut, Child’s Play (2019), received a standing ovation at every performance. Jessica also wrote, co-produced and starred in the short film I am Julius. In 2018, Jessica was the only Australian playwright invited to attend the Valdez Theatre Conference, in Alaska, for her new play Sisters, Inferno. Jessica loves creating her own work and wearing many hats while doing so. In 2019, she is playing Abigail in Complete Works Theatre Company’s touring production of The Crucible.