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James Baker

Senior Lecturer in Theatre | 07776257324

James is a theatre maker, academic and artist. He is also Co-Artistic Director of Bootworks Theatre.

His work with Bootworks has toured to 12 countries worldwide and has received frequent Arts Council England and British Council support.

James has presented his work at The National Theatre, the Southbank Centre, The Museum of Art in Kochi, and once at a funeral.

James has been making professional touring work since 2006; notable works include children's show The Incredible Book Eating Boy (an adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' picture book that was translated into Portuguese and Arabic), The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad (a show about bereavement for young audiences) and 30 Days To Space (a durational performance in which James climbed to the height of space on an aluminium ladder in order to become an astronaut) – winning him a Total Theatre Award in the process.

Previously James has taught on the undergraduate programme at The University of Portsmouth and guest lectured on the M.A in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Central School of Speech & Drama.

James’ specialisms include: children’s theatre work, travel in relation to performance, contemporary theatre practices and live art.

Twitter: @bootworks
Facebook: /bootworks


At the University of Chichester, James works on a host of BA modules related to Cultural Identity, Physical and Visual Theatre, Acting Technique, Text & Deconstruction and Narrative - as well as leading on Production Making courses. 

He advocates Chichester’s degree portfolio in education and outreach contexts and delivers a scheme of provision to regional partnering institutions. 

In 2016 James completed a PGCert qualification. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 



Baker. J, Daniels. R & Roberts. A (2010) Total Theatre: Diary of a Spaceman, The University of Winchester; Winchester.

Baker, J (2012) Total Theatre: A Spaceman, Cowboy & Disco-Dancer, The University of Winchester; Winchester.

Baker, J (2016) The Taboo in Children’s Theatre, Exeunt Magazine, Online.

Chapters in Edited Collections:

Baker, J in Daniels, R (2014) Doing It Together, D.I.Y Theatre, University of Chichester Press.

Baker. J, Daniels. R & Roberts. A in Field. A (ed.) (2012) 30 Days to Edinburgh, Forest Fringe Paper Stages, Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


Mapping Borders Symposium at the Parlour Showrooms Bristol. (13th September 2013) Presenting Walkie Talkie with A. Roberts.

Not In Front of The Children at Imaginate Scotland. (17th August 2016). Panel Discussion.


The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad (2016)

We Could Be Heroes (2016)

Now Listen To Me Very Carefully (2014)

The Red Boxes (2012)

30 Days to Edinburgh (2012)

Predator; Finishing Off What I Started When I Was Five (2011)

The Incredible Book Eating Boy (2011)

30 Days to Space (2010)

Little Box of Horrors (2009)

Une Boite Andalouse (2006)

PHD Supervision

James will be starting a PhD at The University of Chichester in 2017 in relation to notions of taboo in theatre for children.