James Scannell

James Scannell BA (Hons) Theatre Studies

Lecturer in Performing Shakespeare 

E-mail: j.scannell@uwtsd.ac.uk

Lecturer in Performing Shakespeare

Associate Director 

James is Swansea born and bred; he trained at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Carmarthen, where he gained BA 1st Class Honours in Theatre Studies. He has worked extensively as an actor, workshop leader, role-player, drama facilitator, tutor and director.  James has worked with a multitude of companies from across the UK, including Fluellen Theatre Co; Black RAT Productions; Frame by Frame Theatre Co; Pontardawe Arts Centre; 4th Wall Productions; The Festival Players; Ignition Theatre Co; Lighthouse Theatre Co, and Rough Diamonds among others. James appears regularly as part of Swansea Grand Theatre’s Lunchtime Theatre programme, and is also a core member of the Pontardawe Arts Centre Script Slam programme. James is a founding member of Frame by Frame Theatre Company.



James is interested in all areas of the performance, and appreciates the creation and facilitation of both new and existing work, in various styles and genres of the creative arts.

A selection of James’ professional credits include Corporal Huw Evans in the short film Letters Home; Wiggles in Clown Café; Vic Billings in Call Me Dusty; Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows; Morgan Evans in The Corn is Green; The Fat Prince and Simon Chachava in The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Fred in A Christmas Carol; The Park Keeper in Lighthouse Theatre Company’s radio recording of Dylan Thomas’ Return Journey; his many Shakespearean roles include Romeo, Tybalt, Laertes, Posthumus Leonatus, Siward, Snout, Snug, Don John, Gratiano and Bassanio.

James’ directing credits for UWTSD include Oh! What a Lovely War (Co-directed with John Quirk); Unlikely Places; Lonesome George; Bags, Tags and Gasmasks; The Canterbury Tales (Co-directed with John Quirk); A Lost Boy; Paroikia; Melters, Picklers and Puddlers; and Scrambled Stories