James Sugg

In the spring of ’98 “on a dare”, James Sugg was asked to make music for Pig Iron Theatre Company’s *Gentleman Volunteers*. Consequently, he has designed for Seattle Rep, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare Theater,Wilma Theatre, Arden Theatre, Rainpan 43 and has toured to Peru, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany. Pig Iron’s work all starts from that initial dare, “what are you most afraid of?” or “what have you never done?” James’ designs carry that spirit as well. His curiosity in style and form have often led him to work with collaborative artists and companies such as Headlong Dance Theater, Rainpan 43, Lucidity Suitcase International and Subcircle. These professional experiments have expanded James’ work into the realm of dance and installation and continued to blur the lines between musician/dancer/actor and audience. His work has also expanded into the realm of composition with the completion of his third musical. James received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory in vocal performance. He has been awarded the Barrymore for Outstanding Sound Design four times and was named the Otto Haas Emerging Theater Artist in ’05. Philadelphia Magazine named James the “Theater Talent” of the year in ’05 and in the same year Pig Iron was awarded the Obie “Special Citation” Award for Hell Meets Henry Halfway.