James C. Stewart

Seattle, WA
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  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Sex:male
  • Age Range: 30 - 40
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Salt & Pepper
  • Height: 5' 6"
  • Weight:145

Representation: The Actors Group

MEMBER: SAG-AFTRA MEMBER: Actors Equity Association (AEA)

G'day from a New Zealand actor now living in Seattle! A dual United States and NZ citizen with a great New Zealand accent. Bringing Kiwi to the US!

FILM    
Return To Sender (short) Rick (lead) Kontent Partners - Andrew Franks
Relativity (feature) Charles Greene (supporting) Ryan Blewett Productions
Couch Surfer (short) Todd (supporting) Kinetic Studios - Andrew Lawton
T.I.M. (short) T.I.M. (lead) New York University - Alex Hunter
The Tower of Babel (short) Felix (lead) Ryan Blewett Productions
...and the Rest is History (feature) New Yorker (supporting) Khartoum Productions - Niko Kühnel
Asockalypse (feature) Random Blahnonian #1 (supporting) Carrie Schoenfeld
Josef Muller (short) Trampoline Man (lead) Anendless Film - Flo Baumann
Macbeth (short) Macbeth (lead) New York University - Ryan Blewett
Metal Boot (animated short) Sir Alfred III (voice - supporting) School of Visual Arts - Paul Villeco
Untitled Space Project (short) Greg the Sound Guy (supporting) Timothy Fiore
The Wall (short) Man (lead) School of Visual Arts - Tim Chung
Rob (European Festival award-winning short) Rob (lead) Khartoum Productions - Niko Kühnel
The Last Great Snail Chase (feature) Richard (supporting) Edward Lynden-Bell
Event 16 (feature) Snelling (supporting) Nine Eyes Pictures - Derek Pearson
     
TELEVISION / WEB SERIES & RADIO    
GAYS: The Series (web series) Bob (co-star) Peter William Dunn
Method or Madness (web series) Bad Speed Dater (co-star) Rare View Films
Terminal B (web series) Will (supporting) Mike Basone
The Insiders Guide To Happiness (series) I.T. Guy (co-star) Gibson Group
Lively Bar (commercial) Bad Joking Joker (lead) Health Sponsorship Council
The Collective (radio play) Felix/Heini/Ensemble Radio New Zealand - Jean Betts
     
THEATRE    
We Will Always Talk This Way (world premiere) Bill American Theatre of Actors
Cake: A Wedding Comedy (first public reading) Harold Australian Made Entertainment
Ring Around the Moon (staged reading) Messerschmann Ripple Effect Artists
Twelfth Night Sebastian Ripple Effect Artists
Twelve Angry Men (public reading) Juror Number 8 Ripple Effect Artists
The Merry Wives of Windsor Page The Drilling Company/Parking Lot
Macbeth Macbeth Redd Tale Theatre Company
Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! (Off Bway) Actor 3/Santa/Wise Man One Alternative Theatre/Actor’s Playhouse
Maddy: A Modern Day Medea (published) Alan Redd Tale Theatre Company
Lonely Planet Jody Redd Tale Theatre Company
I.D. (New Zealand premiere) Dr Gomes/John Vorster/Nikki The Bacchanals
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (tour) Demetrius/Francis Flute/Moth The Bacchanals
Measure For Measure (tour) Angelo The Bacchanals
Romeo & Juliet (tour) Tybalt/Friar Laurence The Bacchanals
Crave (New Zealand premiere) A The Bacchanals
The Collective (world premiere) (published) Felix/Heini/Ensemble Jean Betts Co-operative
Volpone, or The Fox Volpone The Bacchanals

TRAINING

Advanced Scene Study: Austin Pendleton; Film: Brette Goldstein; Commercials: CnC Studios-Jagger Kaye

Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts, Linwood Performing Arts Centre: Diploma in Drama With Distinction

Improv: Michael Robinson and the Court Jesters; Dance: Contemporary/Modern - Fleur de Thier

Vocal Production: Page Clements - T. Schreiber Studio; Shakespeare/Classical Text: David Lawrence

SPECIAL SKILLS

Dialects: New Zealand (native), Australian, Standard British, Irish, Scottish; Singer: Tenor, Choral Experience

Miscellaneous: Trained cinema projectionist; am able to wiggle ears, redden face, and move eyes erratically

Print Work: Subject in “Something Real” photo series by Romain Laurent, featured in publications worldwide

James C. Stewart was a late entry into the acting world, after a good friend persuaded him to drop the shy kid persona he had always clung to, and join the cast of their high school production in their hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Being good with numbers, he surprised no-one by going straight into a banking job out of high school, but continued to take acting classes on the side to help that shy kid come out of his shell. At the point when the bank had just about sucked his soul dry, he surprised the hell out of everyone by announcing he was leaving to go to the Linwood Performing Arts Centre (LPAC). He spent the two years there working out if this acting thing was really for him, and with a resounding YES he has not looked back since.

Thrust out into the real world, along with fellow LPACers he co-founded the now award-winning Scrambled Legs Theatre Company and spent several years with them, writing and performing, mixing acting with contemporary dance (being the little guy he was always the one getting lifted and flipped).

Needing a life change, he left his hometown for the cultural capital of New Zealand - Wellington. After a short time there he became a co-founding member of The Bacchanals, and this began his love of Shakespeare. The company became known for making Shakespeare accessible to everyone, and toured to many small towns in the country that would not normally have the chance to see the plays live off the page. Many contemporary and classical highlights of his career were born here.

He spent the next few years making a name for himself gravitating between playing the comic sidekick, with multiple crazy characters, to the villain. This led to not only great roles in theatre, but also principal roles in indie feature films Event 16 and The Last Great Snail Chase, as well as the lead in the European Festival award-winning short film Rob.

Now how on earth did a shy Kiwi from Christchurch, New Zealand end up living in the U.S. of A. you may ask. It's all thanks to the craziness that is the Green Card Lottery. Yes, they actually have a lottery for that. Just when he was ready for another change of scenery and contemplating a move to Australia, the lottery he had been entering for over a decade suddenly let him know he had won! 

So in 2007 he uprooted his life, said farewell to family & friends, and moved everything to the Big Apple of opportunity. The place where the only New Zealand credits really recognized on his resume are the months he spent as an orc extra on The Lord of The Rings: ROTK, or the fact that he did a play with those Flight of the Conchords guys. And now he has gone and fallen for an American, so it looks like the States is stuck with him.
In 2013 he became a citizen, so now has dual US & NZ citizenship, then after eight fantastic years in NYC he relocated to Seattle in 2015 to bring Kiwi to the Pacific Northwest.

So let the journey continue then with the ever growing list of comic sidekicks and villains!



Professions/skills: Voice Talent;Improv Artist;Actor


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2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015
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