James P. Stanley is a media scholar and a theater artist who has spent the past twenty years working variously as an actor, writer, designer, director and producer on theater projects large and small. From roughly 2000 to 2017 he was co-artistic director of the NTUSA (National Theater of the United States of America), a multidisciplinary collaborative that made site-specific and immersive performances based on media and theater history, often with a material media component (records, books, zines, curios, etc.). As an actor he has worked with Young Jean Lee, Phil Soltanoff, Hal Hartley, Richard Maxwell, Yehuda Duenyas, Joanna Settle and “Boxcar” Billy Burns, among others. Stanley holds a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU, where he taught classes in the history of media. For the past three years he has been a Lecturer in Harvard’s concentration on History and Literature. And for the past two he has held a dual appointment in Theater, Dance and Media, where his classes explore immersive theater practices and theater making from archival sources. He also teaches comedy at MIT. James currently makes theater with longtime collaborator Jesse Hawley. Their forthcoming music + theater piece Clever and Vainglorious Kings will premiere at sites to be determined in the summer of 2019.