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From his time as a newspaper and magazine reporter, when he sought to “get the scoop”and tell the story as it had just happened, to a long stint as a stock market investor, trying to predict the story of a company’s financial future, James has always been a storyteller.

Based in New York,  James writes plays that reveal the mythic in the mundane through characters strong enough to endure the moral challenges posed by their passions, their heroism and their betrayals.


His production resume to date is as follows:

REPARATIONS   |   September, 2021

Gloucester Stage Production at Windhover Performing Arts Center, Rockport, MA., directed by Myriam Cyr.



REPARATIONS   |   November, 2019

World premiere at the Billie Holiday Theater, Brooklyn, NY, directed by Michele Shay.

REPARATIONS   |  June, 2018

Staged reading at The Dramatists Guild, New York, directed by Myriam Cyr.



Staged reading at The Players Club in New York City, directed by Stephanie Cunningham.



TOMMERS      |    November, 2014

Staged reading at The Players Club in New York City, directed by Joseph Discher.

THE BONUS ROOM      |    September, 2012

Showcase premiere at the Grange Theatre in Copake, NY, directed by Thomas Gruenewald.

OFTEN AS THE MOON     |   September, 2012

One-act play selected for premiere at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, directed by Naomi Grodin.

Selected as a 2012 finalist by the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA.



SHIVERMAN      May, 2012

World premiere at Theatre 503, London, U.K., directed by Tom Littler.

Nominated as “Best Play of the Year” by the Off-West End Awards.

4-Star reviews from the Times of London and several on-line critics.


A MODEL FOR MANKIND    |   March -April, 2010

World premiere at the Cock Tavern Theatre, London, U.K., directed by Blanche McIntyre.

Very good reviews from The Guardian newspaper, several local papers and web-based critics.

London revival and Moscow production currently under consideration.


3-HOLE PUNCH    |   October, 2009

World premiere at the Grange Theatre, Copake, NY, directed by Thomas Gruenewald.


Excellent local reviews.  

Revival by the Rhinebeck Theatre Society, Rhinebeck, NY.     |   September, 2011



James Sheldon Playwright
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