James is co-Artistic Director of Paines Plough. His recent work for the company includes Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett which toured nationwide for 21 weeks prior to a sell-out run at The Royal Court, winning the (TMA) Theatre Award UK for Best New Play 2011.
James was Associate Director at The Bush Theatre from 2008 - 2010 where his work as a director included The Whisky Taster by James Graham.
In 2001, James founded the new writing company Nabokov with George Perrin and Ric Mountjoy. The company forged an international reputation for presenting theatre events everywhere from pubs to warehouses to music festivals to Off-Broadway.