Jay James-Moody is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer.
He is the creator and Artistic Director of acclaimed boutique company Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre, was a co-founder of Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co, and made his professional debut in Jerry Springer The Opera at the Sydney Opera House.
Performance credits include A Cheery Soul (Sydney Theatre Company), She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre Co), The Book of Mormon (Scott Rudin, Anne Garefino and Gordon Frost); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Sydney Theatre Company); For Squabbalogic, Of Thee I Sing, Man Of La Mancha, Bye Bye Birdie, The Drowsy Chaperone (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Actor), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ordinary Days, A New Brain, [title of show], and Reefer Madness; A Year With Frog and Toad (Ensemble Theatre); Magical Tales (Channel 9); The Venetian Twins (New Theatre); For StageArtz, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Lucky Stiff, She Loves Me, and On The Twentieth Century (Neglected Musicals); and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Kings Fools).
Directing credits include Bring It On (WAAPA), The Original Grease, Grey Gardens, Hello, Dolly! (with Dean Vince), Triassic Parq, Man Of La Mancha (GLUG Award, Best Musical), Bye Bye Birdie, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Drowsy Chaperone (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Director), Carrie, [title of show] (with Daniel Jacobs), Thrill Me, Forbidden Broadway, Reefer Madness, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Squabbalogic); Tick… Tick… BOOM! (Newline Productions); The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New Theatre); and LadyNerd: A Cabaret (Twisted Melon).
Jay wrote and directed Blake Bowden’s concert Straight From The Hart for Noosa Alive, and is presently co-writing a musical adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel Good Omens with Vicki Larnach and Jim Hare that will have a development presentation in association with Merrigong Theatre Company, and a new musical about the fall of the Whitlam government, The Dismissal, with Blake Erickson and Laura Murphy that will have a proof-of-concept production in association with the Seymour Centre, both in 2019.