James Wagner

James W.

Los Angeles, CA

About James W.

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James teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: January 2001
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James has been teaching and coaching for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and works professionally as an actor in theatre, film, and television. He has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre. With his PhD research at the California Institute of Integral Studies (funded by The Esalen Institute) he explored a distinct teaching approach that focuses on cultivating the extraordinary capacities that characterize great actors. He loves the creative process of teaching and teaches primarily through caring relationship to his students. He has taught at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, The Theatre of Arts, Naropa University, and privately.

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Acting Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

I have taught acting, audition technique, business skills for actors, and movement at Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre for almost 10 years.

Acting Instructor
May 2005 - Present
American Conservatory Theatre: MFA and Young Conservatory

I have taught movement, improvisation, acting technique, and business skills for actors at ACT's MFA program and Young Conservatory.


PhD - Transformational Actor Training
Sep 2008 - May 2013
California Institute of Integral Studies
MFA Acting
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008
American Conservatory Theatre

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Apr 2011

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

Actors' Equity Association
Dec 2007

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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