Actor . artist . director . teacher
Respected actor, director and teacher, Jeremy is a Canadian-born, Australian-raised artist who has worked across the performing and visual arts for more than two decades. Based in Europe for the past 16 years, Jeremy is recognised for the rigour, passion and insight he brings to all aspects of performance practice and pedagogy; from devising, dramaturgy and design, to the physical preparation of the actor.
Provoked by fundamental questions about the role of the artist, and how to engage in a more direct dialogue with the public, Jeremy left an emerging visual art practice in Australia in 1996 to explore the performance work, methods and training techniques of some of Europe’s most influential directors and master teachers; Ariane Mnouchkine, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Anatoli Vassiliev, Andrei Serban, Kristin Linklater, Katie Mitchell and the founding members of Theatre de Complicite, Roy Hart and Teatru Pieśń Kozla. Since then, the performer has remained central to his practice.
For seven years, Jeremy worked with Ariane Mnouchkine and her company, Théâtre du Soleil, in Paris. He received notable public and critical acclaim for his work in the collectively-devised projects, Le Dernier Caravansérail and Les Éphémères, in particular for his interpretation of Sandra, while performing at major theatres and international festivals in Avignon, Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, New York, Lyon, Melbourne, Rome, Ruhrtriennale, São Paulo, Taipei and Vienna.
Jeremy’s interdisciplinary experience and distinctive work as performer, director and teacher has attracted interest from theatre companies, cultural institutions and universities in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Indonesia, Spain and Uruguay. Partnerships with private and public agencies; including the Canada Council, Tasmania Performs, Gobierno de la Cuidad de Buenos Aires, Intendencia de Montevideo, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Secretarias da Cultura de Porto Alegre and Australian Embassies in Argentina and Spain, have supported projects with among others, Teatro Timbre 4, Volcano Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, WHYNOT, Cia.Stravaganza, Teatro Español, Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, Critical Path, Salamanca Arts Centre, Comedia Nacional and Teatro Solís.
About Jeremy James
In 2014, Jeremy founded fuegoártico as a platform for his reseach, teaching and performance projects. Following adaptations of Euripides’ Women of Troy and Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov in Australia and Canada, Jeremy has been working on a Chekovian tetralogy to reflect the impact of the Global Financial Crisis on everyday lives in Europe. Benefiting from long periods of research and investigation, in and out of the studio, Jeremy seeks to build a language and form capable of animating classical and contemporary texts into dynamic living experiences for audiences today.