James Berlyn is an award-winning performing artist and lecturer of more than twenty five years experience. Trained in dance at VCA, he has worked in dance, dance-theatre, theatre and community art across the country and internationally as a creator, performer, director and curator.
James’ hybrid one-on-one theatre work & installation Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures (2009) had had more than 1000 performances at major festivals across the country including Perth International Arts Festival, Brisbane and Sydney Festivals, Ten Days On The Island, WOMADelaide, Enlighten ACT, Melbourne’s Festival of Live Art and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He is the co-founder of Proximity Festival, Australia’s first and only festival of one-on-one performance, and was a founding co-director of Tracksuit, WA’s adult disability performance company supported by DADAA WA. James is WA’s only accredited trainer for Ausdance’s Skill Set: facilitator and assessor and a core artist with Performing Lines WA.
James recently returned from Europe where he was an assessor for the 2014 Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also created a new solo work in Basel, Switzerland with director Jim Hughes to be premiered in Perth 2015-2016. Other recent highlights include premiering his solo theatre work Crash Course at PICA in 2013 and APACA 2014 and Awesome Festival commissions Dreamstore, Splat! and Twyping. James directed on PIAF’sTenebrae et Lux (2013) and assisted on You Once Said Yes (2014) as well as performing in Sue Healey’s Variant (2012), Sam Fox’s Prompter at Arthouse in Melbourne and as Lord High Executioner in ICW Productions The Mikado (2014). James created the role of Agamemnon in Matt Lutton’s Elektra for PIAF and WA Opera (2012).