From Shakespeare to classic musicals, from Off-Broadway to our finest regional theatres, from an award-winning cabaret career to starring in the national tour of one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, James Beaman has run the gamut in his twenty-plus years in show business. And he's only just getting started.
Jamie was born into the biz--the son of a set designer and a playwright/director/actress--and he started acting as soon as he could speak. He cut his teeth on Shakespeare, playing Arthur in King John when he was only 12, and in his teens he learned acting, dance, mime, singing and all aspects of theatre at his mother's theatre school, The Acting Place, Inc., in his hometown of Beverly, MA. He left high school early to attend Simon's Rock College, the nation's premier early entry college. While there, Beaman acted in, directed, and designed plays by Shakespeare, Wilde, Synge, Strindberg-- and earned his A.A. degree when most kids his age were getting high school diplomas.
After earning his B.F.A. in acting at Boston University, Jamie stayed on in Boston, teaching, acting and directing at Boston Children's Theatre, where his mother had become artistic director; he also worked at the region's finest theatres including The Huntington, Worcester Foothills, and The Lyric Stage. In 1993, he launched his cabaret career with his hilarious original cabaret Bacall: By Herself, playing the formidable (and atonal) star Lauren Bacall. Producer Harriet Yellin brought the act to New York, where Beaman caught the eye of the creative team of the groundbreaking musical revue, Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo!, which brought him to New York City.
Over the next decade, Beaman created four more cabaret acts: three as Marlene Dietrich, Queen of the World (Bistro Award), Black Market Marlene, and Marlene! Alive at the Cafe de Paris; and Crazy World: Songs of Leslie Bricusse which won the MAC Award for Revue of the Year in 2002. All this while maintaining a busy regional theatre career.
In 2004, Beaman received an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Following graduation he played such roles as Macbeth, Mercutio, Talbot, Cade, Casca and Jacques Off-Broadway and at prestigious theatres including The Kennedy Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and Taffety Punk Theatre Company.
Jamie landed the starring role of Sir Robin in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python's Spamalot in 2007, and toured North America for two years, working with the show's creators, Eric Idle, Mike Nichols and Casey Nicholaw, and performing with such luminaries as Richard Chamberlain, Gary Beach and John O'Hurley. Since then, Beaman has become one of the nation's leading character actors in the musical theatre, creating roles in new musicals such as The Road To Qatar! and Frog Kiss, and gracing the stages of Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, Stages St. Louis and others in classics of the music theatre repertoire.
As he continues to chase his dream of a featured role on Broadway, Beaman is working his way into the worlds of film and television and has established himself as a coach and theatre educator in New York and around the US.