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 James R. Carey is a director/producer/teacher with both American and international credits who has been based out of Los Angeles since the early 80’s.

He served as the Producing Artistic Director of the ATTIC Theatre which was founded in 1987 with his partner, Denise Ragan Wiesenmeyer. He oversaw the production of over 300 plays and short films covering a wide range of genres including musicals, Shakespeare, and new works. His productions have won numerous awards including 14 Drama-Logue awards and several Picks of the Week. Some notable productions include the World Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Suicide in B Flat, World Premiere of four unknown Thornton Wilder one acts,  the West Coast Premiere of Frogs by Stephen Sondheim, the LA small theatre debut of Love, Valor, Compassion, the West Coast Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Family of Mann, In The Boom Boom Room starring Cynthia Gibb, and the West Coast Premiere of Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the AIDS Quilt Musical. In 2010, he was awarded Best Producer of An Intimate Musical Event by StageSceneLA.com

James was the Co-founder and the 1st President of Theatre Row – Hollywood from 1994 to 1996 for which he received a LA Drama Critics Circle Award and a Hollywood Arts Council “Charlie” Award.

As a director, he has over 100 plays to his credit including award winning productions of The Elephant Man and All My Sons, world premiere one acts by Lee Blessing and Jeffery Hatcher, classics like The Cherry Orchard for Oasis Theatre and MacBeth for Kingsmen Shakespeare, and the creation of original works like Coming to Zimbabwe and Come Together, A Beatles Cabaret that have toured Africa and the Middle East.

He has a MFA in Theatre Management, Cum Laude from California State University – Long Beach, and has taught at CSU-LB, California Lutheran University, and Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the Acting Faculty  of New York Film Academy - Los Angeles. 

In 2012, he formed Attic Studios to focus on more personal projects and devote more time to working with his overseas clients and partners. Since 2012, he has directed, produced, taught workshops and worked as a consultant for different theatres and art groups in Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Italy and the UAE.

His first a one-man show, Coming To Zimbabwe, which was about his life changing experience of visiting Africa for the first time. This show has debuted at the Harare International Festival of the Arts 2013, and toured Africa in 2014, performed in Los Angeles and toured North America on the Fringe Festival Circuit during 2015 and 2016. 

His new one man show, Mi Casa Su Casa, or How to Get 175 New Roommates, will debut at the San Diego Intl. Fringe Festival in June 2017. 


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