James Mahady (B.S., Northwestern University) has been teaching Meisner-based acting classes at CUA since 1999. His training after receiving his university schooling includes: Spolin Theater Games with Stephen Book, L.A.; acting with Mira Rostova, NYC; the Meisner Technique with James Price at The Acting Studio, NYC; voice with Erik Thorendahl, NYC.
After several years working on episodic TV in Los Angeles, he focused his efforts on theater work in NYC and regionally. Credits in NYC include: Manhattan Showboat (Radio City Music Hall), Kern’s Sitting Pretty (Carnegie Hall), Times Square Angel (Theater for a New City), Twelfth Night (Chelsea Rep), Stonewall: Night Variations (EnGarde Arts) and Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Regionally, he was seen in: The Me Nobody Knows (Buffalo Studio Arena), Trouble in Tahiti (Miami Opera), Pacific Overtures (Skylight Milwaukee) and Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (Vienna Staatsoper).
He was a resident stage director for several seasons at Shaker Mountain Music Festival in the Berkshires, staging The Magic Flute, Manon, Norma and Carousel, among others. At CUA, he directed the world premiere of The Gift (2001) and Oklahoma! (2006).
A member of Actors’ Equity and SAG for over thirty years, he has worked with many notable theater and television artists, including Leonard Bernstein, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lehman Engel, Tina Landau, Bartlett Sher, Stephen Wadsworth, Scott Ellis, Ted Pappas, John McGlinn, Paul Gemignani, Charles Busch, Swoosie Kurtz, Angelina Reaux, Susan Watson, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael Keaton, Melissa Sue Anderson, Elinor Donahue, Melissa Manchester and Steve Guttenberg.