LA based theatre and film director/producer/writer/teacher/storyteller.
SAG/AFTRA UNION MEMBER
CURRENTLY - OWNER/PRESIDENT - ATTIC STUDIOS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - SKYPILOT THEATRE COMPANY
TRAVEL WRITER - TRIPSWITHJAMES.COM
James R. Carey is an award winning film and theatre director/producer, plus a teacher and performer with both national and international credits who has been based out of Los Angeles since the 1980’s.
His current short film, FANCY MEETING YOU HERE was selected Best Independent Short at the INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE in Los Angeles for 2019. Fancy was also selected as a Finalist at the Oasis Short Screening Festival.
He served as the Producing Artistic Director of the ATTIC Theatre located near Culver City from 1987 to 2012. He has overseen the production of over 300 plays and short films covering a wide range of genres including musicals, Shakespeare, and new works. His productions have won numerous awards including 14 Drama-Logue awards and several Picks of the Week. Favorite productions include the World Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Suicide in B Flat, World Premiere of four unknown Thornton Wilder one acts, the West Coast Premiere of Frogs by Stephen Sondheim, the LA small theatre debut of Love, Valor, Compassion and the West Coast Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Family of Mann.
He was the Co-founder and the 1st President of Hollywood Theatre Row from 1992 to 1994 for which he received a LA Drama Critics Circle Award and a Hollywood Arts Council “Charlie” Award.
As a director, he has over 100 plays to his credit including award winning productions of The Elephant Man and All My Sons, world premiere one acts by Lee Blessing and Jeffery Hatcher, classics like The Cherry Orchard for Oasis Theatre and MacBeth for Kingsmen Shakespeare, and the creation of original works like Coming to Zimbabwe and Come Together, A Beatles Cabaret that have toured Africa and the Middle East.
He has a MFA in Theatre Management, Cum Laude from California State University–Long Beach, and has taught at New York Film Academy–LA Campus, California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University, and American Musical and Dramatic Academy-LA.
In 2012, he gave up daily management of the ATTIC Theatre to form his own production company, ATTIC STUDIOS to be able to focus on more personal creative projects which have included international teaching and consultant efforts in Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Italy and the UAE. In 2013, his one man show, COMING TO ZIMBABWE debuted at the Harare International Festival of Arts and toured southern Africa. His musical revue, COME TOGETHER has toured both North America and Africa. He is currently touring his award winning one man show, MI CASA SU CASA around the country.
In 2016, he started a travel blog called www.tripswithjames.com and is excited to pursue a life-long dream of travel writing.
In 2018, he became the Artistic Director of SKYPILOT THEATRE COMPANY in LA, a company that focuses on the development and production of new works for the stage.