James Blakey is a freelance theatre maker and director, and an Artistic Associate of Upstart Theatre. He was a founding director of Upstart’s sister company Oscar Mike, developing and presenting performances that invites audiences to play. Co-Directing with Tom Mansfield for Upstart / Oscar Mike includes The Situation Room (Hull Truck, The Lowry, Shoreditch Town Hall), This City (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Falling Sickness (Theatre in the Mill). James specialises in participatory practice, long-term community collaboration and social change partnership working. He is the Associate Director of Public Acts, England’s National Theatre’s initiative for extraordinary acts of theatre and community, the former Associate Artistic Director of citizens’ theatre company Slung Low, and Associate Artist of industry-leading youth theatre, Company Three.