James-Allen had his Off-Broadway writing debut with the production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Condensed Classics, for which he wrote music, toured nationally for Theatreworks USA. A member emeritus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, he received the Harrington Award for outstanding creative achievement. His music has been performed at the O'neill Musical Theater Conference, the BMI Industry Cabaret, the Century Centerís New Artists Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Duplex Cabaret, the Donnell Library Songbook series, the York Theatre Developmental Reading series, the Kaufman Centerís Bound for Broadway series, nationally syndicated XM radio as well as various other night clubs and venues around New York City. James-Allen sang a cappella in college as a member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs.