James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. James Graham Dance Theatre, presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in Dance Lovers, his annual show of duets on Valentine’s day weekend. James Graham Dance Theatre has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), at the University of Calgary, Canada, Dominican University, National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, The Ohio State University, and in the Golden Gate Park National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove.
In 2017 he received an IZZIE for “Outstanding Performance as an Ensemble” with Sebastian Grubb for their performance in JGDT’s “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual” (for his Entire Season) and was nominated for an IZZIE for Outstanding Choreography (for “Guilty Survivor”).
In 2007, he first went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. Graham was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in France, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, and Israel. He has been invited to teach at Oberlin College, Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, California State University East Bay, College of Marin, Feverhead Studios in Granville, OH, Conduit Dance in Portland, OR, and at the SF Clown Conservatory. He is currently on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Dominican University of California/LINES BFA Program, and Mills College, teaches workshops and masterclasses, as well as teaches open Gaga classes Tuesday evenings at the SF Conservatory of Dance.
Graham received an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2010, focusing on performance, choreography, and video. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. He currently performs with the Joe Goode Performance Group, Hope Mohr Dance, and Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith’s Disappearing Acts.