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James, a true New Yorker born and bred in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn, has carved an illustrious path in the entertainment industry that few can rival. His journey began as an actor, but his insatiable curiosity and unwavering dedication led him to master the intricate artistry that thrives behind the scenes of shows, films, and television productions.

Venturing beyond the spotlight, James honed his craft as a writer, director, creator, gaffer, and cinematographer, culminating in the creation of four exceptional short films that garnered accolades and acclaim on the festival circuit. These laurels were not merely a testament to his talent but a harbinger of the remarkable career that lay ahead.

Recently, James reached new heights in his career by illuminating the stage with his impeccable lighting designs for the Crossroads Theatre production of "Chicken and Biscuits" in the heart of New Jersey. His prowess as a lighting designer has graced numerous other productions, including "Do Wop Love," "Accept/Except," "Hurricane Season," and "Hattie McDaniel: What I Need You To Know" at the prestigious National Black Theatre in the cultural epicenter of Harlem, New York.

James' illustrious career also boasts a remarkable  7 years at Jazz Lincoln Center, NYC, and a 21-year stint at the iconic "Good Morning America" on ABC. With unwavering dedication, he has contributed his artistry to shape the visual narrative of this beloved morning show, ensuring that each broadcast is bathed in the perfect light.

The world-renowned Apollo Theatre bore witness to James' talent for over 18 years, where he served as a Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and integral member of the Lighting Crew. In this historic venue, he helped create unforgettable moments that echoed through the annals of entertainment history.

James' expertise transcends the boundaries of theater and extends into the world of soap operas, where he lent his skills to "As The World Turns" as part of the Special Effects & Lighting Department and as a Prop Master. His versatility is further showcased through his roles at BMCC, The Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn, and Town Hall in Flushing, Queens, where he served as the in-house Light Director and Designer.

His unwavering commitment to the arts is exemplified by his involvement with esteemed institutions such as the New Federal Theatre and Negro Ensemble Company. On the grand stages of Broadway and Off-Broadway, and during national tours, James lent his creative vision to productions like "Harlem Coffee Shop," "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Starring Patti Labelle and Al Green," "Smokey Joe's Café," "The Boys Choir of Harlem," "Mama I Want to Sing," "Comin Uptown," and "Sophisticated Ladies." and Recording Artists: Monica, Usher, Xscape, SWV and Faith Evans.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the world of theater and entertainment, James was honored with the 2010 Audelco Award for Best Lighting Designer for his remarkable work on Steve Carter's "PECONG." This prestigious accolade was not an isolated triumph but the culmination of a career marked by excellence. His subsequent three nominations and the 2017 Emmy Award for his work on ABC's "Good Morning America" bear testament to his enduring impact on the industry.

James stands as a beacon of creativity, dedication, and innovation in the world of entertainment. His journey from the streets of Brooklyn to the grandest stages of New York City is a testament to the power of talent, passion, and perseverance. As the spotlight continues to shine brightly on James, his legacy as a true luminary in the realm of theater and television is firmly established.

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   J​ames E. Carter    

Award-Winning Creative Director with 30+ Years of Experience based in New York City


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