Portrait of James Saunders

James Saunders

James Saunders is an actor who has appeared extensively on stage (Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare), on film (The Turning, Animal Kingdom) and on television (Offspring, Winners and Losers, Neighbours).

James Saunders has performed with the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare Company, Playbox, Eleventh Hour and La Mama, as well as in both the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and numerous international festivals throughout Europe and USA.

He wrote and performed The Harry Harlow Project, premiering at the Victorian Arts Centre in 2009, and touring to Australian capital cities in 2011, now commissioned by ABC Radio for the Radio National show Hindsight. He developed the show into a feature film, currently in development with Berlin based director Eron Sheean. His new theatre show, Fugue, is currently in development in collaboration with neuroscientists at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Other recent theatre credits include On the production of Monsters, Richard III, Don Juan in Soho, all for the MTC; Song of the Bleeding Throat for Eleventh Hour, Bare Witness for Mobile States, Appetite (KAGE Dance Theatre) for the Melbourne Festival, Antigone for Company B Belvoir, Fat Pig for STC, Small Metal Objects for Back to Back Theatre touring around Australia and to Europe in 2007-9, and Bell Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.

He won a Best Actor Green Room Award for The Black Swan of Trespass, by Lally Katz, which then toured to New York (and is the winner of 8 local and international awards). He was also a member of the Green Room Award winning ensemble Playbox Inside 2001, where he featured in Seven Days of Silence, Ancient Enmity and Public Dancing. James received a Goethe Institute Scholarship to Berlin in 2005, and collaborated with Film Director Eron Sheean on the feature Errors of the Human Body at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden.

Film credits include the feature films The Turning and Animal Kingdom. TV credits include Offspring, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Winners and Losers (recurring), Utopia Girls, City Homicide, Neighbours, Wilfred, Blue Heelers and Stingers.

James featured in the German/Australian co-production film A Familiar Lullaby by Lally Katz. He is a graduate of the VCA.