James Berlyn is an award-winning performing artist and teacher of twenty years experience.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987, he has achieved a national profile as a dancer and dance-theatre performer and performance maker, working with companies and independent artists around Australia and South East Asia.
As an independent artist, Berlyn has written, choreographed and performed nine one man shows performed at fringe festivals around Australia. His works have been directed by Paige Gibbs, Ross Coli, Jim Hughes, Adrian Barnes, Sally Richardson and Simon Clarke. He performed regularly in cabaret for SGL Mardi Gras’s Club Bent in Sydney and Putting On An Act in Perth. He was awarded the Swan Gold Best Actor Award for Theatre in Perth in 1993. Currently, Berlyn has resumed independent practice including his PICA award-winning hybrid piece, Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures (seen most recently at Perth International Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island and WOMADelaide).
He created Twyping for the 2011 AWESOME Festival and in early 2012 co-curated Proximity, Australia’s first one-one-one micro-festival of art. He performed in Matthew Lutton’s new production of Elektra presented in the 2012 Perth Festival and most recently in Sue Healey’s premiere of Variant.
He also continues to develop his solo performance Crash Course, new one-on-one live-art performance Sweet Life and SPLAT! an interactive visual arts project for young people.