James Mahady

Academic Area

  • Musical Theatre
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • James Mahady (B.S., Northwestern University) has been teaching Meisner-based acting classes at CUA since 1999. His training after receiving his university schooling  includes: Spolin Theatre Games with Stephen Book, L.A.; acting with Mira Rostova, NYC; the Meisner Technique with James Price at The Acting Studio, NYC; voice with Erik Thorendahl, NYC. 

    After several years working on episodic TV in Los Angeles, Jim focused his efforts on theatre work in NYC and regionally. Credits in NYC include: Manhattan Showboat (Radio City Music Hall), Kern’s Sitting Pretty (Carnegie Hall), Times Square Angel (Theatre for a New City), Twelfth Night (Chelsea Rep), Stonewall: Night Variations (EnGarde Arts) and Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Regionally, he was seen in: The Me Nobody Knows (Studio Arena Buffalo), Trouble in Tahiti (Miami Opera), Pacific Overtures (Skylight Milwaukee) and Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (Vienna Staatsoper, conducted by Bernstein). Also, Jim has performed several one-man shows in NYC, Chicago and DC, including Faraway, Song in My Heart and Stealing That Extra Bow.

    He was a resident stage director for several seasons at Shaker Mountain Music Festival in the Berkshires, staging The Magic Flute, Manon, Norma, Suor Angelica and Carousel, among others. At CUA, he directed the world premiere of The Gift (2001) and Oklahoma! (2006). He has also directed many One Act plays in NYC and DC, most notably For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Durang), People in the Wind (Inge), Wanda’s Visit (Durang) and Post-its (Winnie Holzman & Paul Dooley).

    A member of Actors’ Equity and SAG for more than forty years, Jim has worked with many notable theatre and television artists, including Leonard Bernstein, Ricky Ian Gordon, Tina Landau, Bartlett Sher, Stephen Wadsworth, Scott Ellis, Ted Pappas, John McGlinn, Charles Busch, Swoosie Kurtz, Angelina Reaux, Susan Watson, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael Keaton, Melissa Sue Anderson, Elinor Donahue and Steve Guttenberg.