James Arthur Douglas is a New York City Based Tenor & Actor, most recently performing as The Beast in Beauty and the Beast at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers, Florida.
Earlier this year, James performed with The Atlanta Opera in a bilingual version of Rossini’s delightful and energetic The Barber of Seville as Count Almaviva. Created by stage director Kristine McIntyre. The 45-minute adaptation was performed in Spanish and English, and will be presented to over 19,000 elementary-aged children.
James also performed with The Atlanta Opera in Verdi’s La Traviata as a member of the chorus.
Earlier this year, James was awarded 2nd Prize at the 2019 Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition.
James was born and raised in Rome, Georgia a small town Northwest of Atlanta. He started acting in small musicals at his elementary school and continued doing shows throughout secondary school.
James continued his education at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. James was active in Operas and Operetta produced by the university. He was also heavily involved with the Furman Chamber Choir, Furman Singers, and Bell Tower Boys.
His passion for music theatre rose from his time spent with the Furman University Pauper Players, a student-run musical theatre group started by award-winning and well-renowned music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, the current music director for Mean Girls and The Prom on Broadway. James served as the Stage Director for 3 of their shows: Shrek the Musical, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Hairspray.
In November 2016, James and a select group of 15 other members of the Furman Singers performed with Kristin Chenoweth and Mary-Mitchell Campbell in her Broadway Show My Love Letter to Broadway.
After graduating from Furman University, James performed with the Harrower Summer Opera Program as Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites. He has since made the move to NYC where he continues his training in Voice, Acting, and Dance. James performed in New York at the SeriousFun Gala under the direction of Mary-Mitchell Campbell performing You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen with Morgan Freeman, Kevin Bacon, and Liam Neeson in attendance.
James portrayed Clifford (Cliff) Bradshaw in Cabaret at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, New York.
James began the 2018-2019 season with his New York City Debut as Brom Bones in Sleepy Hollow the Musical at the Players Theater.
James was awarded 2nd Prize at the 2019 Pro Mozart Society of Atlanta Scholarship Competition.
James then joined The Atlanta Opera as Count Almaviva in their touring, bi-lingual version of The Barber of Seville. James and The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour performed 72 performances for over 19,000 elementary-aged students in the Greater Atlanta area. James also performed in Verdi’s La Traviata as a member the chorus as the last show of their main-stage season.
James stepped into the titular role of The Beast in Prather Production’s Beauty and the Beast at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers, Florida. This show was the highest-grossing show at the Broadway Palm Dinner, as well as in the top 4 most attended productions with over 23,000 audience members.
Positions Held Outside Acting
James serves as Head of Sales and Operations for Arthur Outdoor, an out-of-home advertising company he co-founded in 2017.
James is currently co-authoring the book "A Man of Peace Goes to War", a World War II memoir based on the writings of Harold Storey, a WWII veteran.
James currently resides in New York City.