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James Mayagoitia

James Mayagoitia, Acting and Vocal Instructor

James is a classically trained singer, actor and teacher based out of San Francisco, originally from the East Side of Los Angeles. He is also a founding member of 11th Hour Ensemble: an ensemble based, physical theater company. Most recently, he co-directed an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull titled The Seagull Project with 11th Hour at the Bay One Acts Festival to great reviews. James is performing as one of the Hedwigs in Boxcar Theater's 2012-2013 acclaimed production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." He has also worked with several accomplished directors in the Bay Area including Barbara Damashek, Mark Jackson, and Bill Peters. He has performed at The Noh Space, San Francisco Theatre Festival, ODC, Shotgun Players and The Dark Room.

James began his teaching career in Los Angeles where he was the personal assistant to Stephanie Vlahos, director of The Full Circle Opera Project: a high school repertory company devoted to arts outreach and presenting opera to schools throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. This program is in residency at The LA County High School for the Arts, which is James' Alma Mater. In addition to assisting the program director, James taught and mentored the students in acting, singing and movement.

James graduated (magna cum laude) with a B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University, where he performed in several productions.