Peter Francis James

Lecturer in Acting

Peter Francis James is presently performing in The Merchant of Venice on Broadway. He appeared in The Lady From Dubuquewith Dame Maggie Smith (London — Theatre Royal Haymarket) and as Colin Powell in Stuff Happens, at The Public Theater (OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Drama Desk Awards). Other theater credits include: On Golden PondDrowning Crow (Broadway), August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Mark Taper Forum, L.A.), Judgment at Nuremberg (Broadway), House of Flowers(Encores!), Suzan-Lori Park’s Venus (Public & Yale Rep), Claire in The Maids (OBIE Award – CSC), Scent of the Roses with Julie Harris, Jean in Miss Julie (McCarter), and A.R. Gurney’s Buffalo Gal (Williamstown). He has performed many roles in Shakespeare including: Othello in Othello (Baltimore Center Stage), Oberon in Sir Peter Hall’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ahmanson), Coriolanus in Coriolanus(McCarter), Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (Central Park), and Pisanio in Cymbeline (RSC and TFANA).

Film and television credits include: The MessengerThe LosersThe Rebound, Jahfree Neema in OzKings, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story with Angela Bassett, Joe Gould’s SecretThe Wedding (mini-series), MontanaThe Ruby Bridges StoryLaw and OrderLaw and Order: SVUThird Watch, and Thurgood Marshall in Simple Justice.

Mr. James has taught at Yale School of Drama since 2000. He has also taught at BADA at Oxford, The Actors Center, The Public Shakespeare Lab, Fordham University and Barnard. He is a graduate, and an associate, of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.