Charlene James is a playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago.
In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep for their season focusing on mental health.
Her play, Tweet Tweet, was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep as part of Young Theatre Makers. It premiered at The Birmingham Rep before touring.
Charlene was awarded the Alfred Fagon Award, for best new play at the National Theatre for Cuttin' It, a play focusing on Female Genital Mutilation.
Charlene was awarded the George Devine Award 2015 for her play Cuttin' It.
Follows two 15 year-old girls from Somali backgrounds and their experiences of FGM.
Produced as part of a Young Theatre Makers partnership.