James Issitt is a director, dramaturge and educational arts practitioner. He trained initially at the University of Leeds (St. John's College, York) before studying for an MA in Text and Performance at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). During his MA James was taught Classical Theatre Performance and Textual Analysis by Professor Richard Proudfoot, Senior General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare series for 35 years.

He has worked as a professional actor and director across the country, including directing off West End. James is currently reading for his PhD entitled Performing Miracles: the real magic behind the performance - based on the performance theories of close-up magic. James is a Member of the prestigious Magic Circle in London and performs close-up magic across the country.

Within his teaching at the University of Cumbria James critically deconstructs play texts for performance and examines practitioner theories in practical environments. His teaching style allows the students to explore and develop their own practices and further enhance their creativity within practical workshops.

Outside of professional interests James is passionate about Shakespeare in performance and is a mean backgammon player.

Qualifications and memberships

MA Text and Performance

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Eduction

BA (Hons) Drama with English

Academic and research interests

Performance theories embedded within close-up magic

The history of magic

Development of collaborativism in performance

Elizabethan and Jacobean texts in performance

Birth of naturalism and realism in performance