About the Author
About the author:
Vanessa James is Professor of Theatre and the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. She is English but currently resides in the United States.James is a consultant for The Ensemble for the Romantic Century in New York City and the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts.
James’s design work is documented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Library and in the permanent collection of the Museum of the Moving Image. As an art director for film and TV, she was honored with an Emmy Citation and has been nominated for two other Emmy awards. She has designed many off-Broadway shows, including the year-long run of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, Thomas Cole, A Waking Dream, 33 Scenes on the Possibility of Human Happiness, and Edith Wharton’s Old New York, all directed by Donald Sanders for the Joseph Papp Public Theatre; Arvin Brown’s Whistle in the Dark; Kenneth Koch’s The Red Robins; Cornelius Eady’s You Don't Miss Water; and Jack Gelber’s Chambers, directed by Arthur Penn.
James has also designed productions for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Studio 54, La Mama, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Theatre Workshop, Mannes Opera, the National Academy of Design, and the New York Art Theatre. In Europe, she has designed for the Rassegna Internationale, Florence; the Parma Opera House, Italy; and the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Court Theatre, UK.
James’s previous book was The Genealogy of Greek Mythology (Gotham/Melcher Media 2003). She lives in New York and Massachusetts.