Qualification: HND in Visual and Performing Arts (Drama)
Classes Taught: Acting
From an early age, Jim got the acting bug as he went from Nativities to School plays and from the tender age of 9, appeared in the chorus of “Joseph and The Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat” at Newcastle’s Gulbenkian Studio. Ever since then Jim has been as busy as possible getting involved in as many different shows as possible – from Shakespeare to Farcical Melodrama – and at the age of 17 won the Mike Fry Award for Acting at Haydon Bridge High School.
Jim then went on to study for an HND in Performing Arts at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Newcastle College. After graduating in 1997, specialising in Brecht, he moved to Harlow to be closer to the action of London and, armed with ‘”an accent thicker than a whale omelet’”, immediately got involved in Pantomimes at the Harlow Playhouse, first appearing in Aladdin in 1997/98 and continuing for the next six Pantos, where he first got to work with Scott and Makin Steps. Jim has been in numerous shows over the years, especially for Harlow Theatre Company, where he is a member of the Committee. Jim was also a founder member of the now defunct Playhouse Theatre Company and strives to bring great quality theatre to the local community. Teaching children drama was something that Jim fell into when he was offered the role of Drama Tutor for Harlow Ballet in 1999. After two years there it was another four years before he joined Rhodes Arts Theatre School in Rainham, Essex, where students he trained went to successfully get parts in Eastenders, Holby City, BBC ‘Five Days’ (series 1), The Bill and various other TV shows and movies. Since then Jim has been a supply drama teacher for various schools around Essex but is glad to have finally joined Makin Steps permanently, having dipped in and out of teaching with them for the last few years.
As a professional performer, Jim had a spell as a member of Pandora’s Box, touring with ‘Little Red Riding Wolf’, then went on to work for PinPoint Productions in Grays with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Teechers’ and TIE show ‘Remember Us’ based at Tilbury Docks. Jim has also worked as a puppeteer in the movie ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and worked with the Scissor Sisters on the Brit Awards. For the last 3 years Jim has been working at Willow’s Farm Village performing in the Show Barn as ‘Farmhand Bob’ and is the voice of Tristan the Tractor, as well as other characters on the farm. His accent is not so strong now, but, 13 years after moving to Harlow, his passion for good drama, entertaining the masses and working with, and teaching, children is stronger than ever!