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James Armstrong is a playwright whose works have been performed across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Australia, and Japan.

His play Foggy Bottom, which premiered at the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City, was hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most international farces around." The theatre also presented his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

The Epiphany Theater Company produced his adaptation of A Christmas Carol in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Playwrights' Forum premiered his play The Metric System (now published by Original Works) in Memphis, Tennessee. His one-act play Afterward received the 2012 Arts & Letters Prize for Drama.

Recently, James has worked on a number of musicals. With Joshua H. Cohen he wrote Maggie the Pirate (since renamed Ordinary Island). The show won Chameleon Theatre Circle's 11th Annual New Play Contest in the musicals category and had workshops in 2011 with Western Kentucky University's Before Broadway Series and with Momentum Repertory Company in New York City. It was featured in the Composers Chamber Theatre's Sunday Nights at Square One in 2012.

With both Joshua H. Cohen and Lavell Blackwell, James wrote the musical for young audiences Keep On Walkin' which won the Anna Zornio Children's Theatre Playwriting Award in 2013 and received a full production at the University of New Hampshire in 2015 as part of the award.

His short play The Rainbow premiered as a part of the 18th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival at the American Globe Theatre. The play was also a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2012 Heideman Award and is included in the anthology The Best American Short Plays: 2012-2013 published by Applause.

More recently, his adaptation of Moby-Dick received its world premiere at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in 2015. Detroit Repertory Theatre premiered his play Capital in 2017.

James holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Carnegie-Mellon University School of Drama. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Please feel free to explore this website and to contact James should you be interested in any of his plays.


The cast of Moby-Dick at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater: left to right - Joe Pietropaolo, James Marin, Freddy Biddle, Lee Seymour, Wesley Volcy, and Gordon Stanley.
Photo by Micheal and Suz Karchmer.