James Ricks has worked for the last 20 years as an actor, director and educator in New York City, Washington DC, West Virginia and Richmond. He has worked regionally and internationally as an actor, performing in such venues as: The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, The Kennedy Center, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Clemson Shakespeare Festival and the  Globe Theatre in Neuss, Germany. He has also appeared in dozens of national and regional commercials, as well as several short films and industrials. In Richmond, James has directed at the Quill Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, TheatreLab, SPARC and Sycamore Rouge Theatre. He was also the artistic director of Henley Street Theatre (now Quill Theatre) from 2009-2013. He recently directed Quill’s summer production of the critically acclaimed Love’s Labour’s Lost (RTCC nomination, Best Direction and Best Play), and the opening to the 2017-18 season, Lysistrata. James was the recipient of the RTCC Award for Best Direction for his 2013 production of Julius Caesar and was named one of Style Weekly Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ People Who Are Changing Richmond, VA in 2010. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, The Actor’s Fund and is certified with the Society of American Fight Directors. James received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma and his MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy of Classical Acting in Washington, DC.