ELI JAMES is an actor, comedian, musician and writer.
His TV credits include “Gossip Girl,” ”Unforgettable,” ”Alpha House,” ”Lights Out” and “Murder in Manhattan.” His Broadway credits include the National Theatre of Great Britain's “One Man, Two Guvnors” starring James Corden and directed by Nicholas Hytner, as well as Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Further stage credits include “Rutherford & Son” at The Mint Theater, “Becky Shaw” at the Huntington Theater, “The Four of Us” at Manhattan Theatre Club, and the world premiere of Jason Grote’s “Maria/Stuart” at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, directed by Pam McKinnon. In his native Philadelphia, he appeared in “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” with Philadelphia Theatre Company, and was in the original company of the East Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love” at The Wilma Theater.
His solo show “Imagine All the People: A Survey of Music Business Creeps” ran at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York. Prior to that, his solo work “William and the Tradesmen,” ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and at the Drilling Company with Project: Theater. It was dubbed “a gem … well-wrought, insightful and precise” by nytheatre.com and
For three years Eli was a house team performer at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He performed on Maude Night, UCB’s monthly sketch comedy showcase, with the teams “Cha-Cha,” “Mama’s Gotta Go” and “Lover.” He continues to perform at the UCB Theater in improv, sketch and character shows, and is a long-time active student of the theater’s Advanced Study Improv Program.
His essay "Finding the Beat" was published in the Random House collection “Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers,” a Boston Globe best-seller, and his plays have been produced at Ars Nova, La Mama, InterAct Theatre Company, Orlando Shakespeare Festival and Portland Stage. He is a lifelong guitarist and songwriter, and as a coach, he has instructed many diverse groups and individuals in acting, improv, and his specialty: dialects.