James Stewart relocated to NYC from New Zealand, where he was a founding member in two award winning theatre companies, Scrambled Legs and The Bacchanals. NZ highlights include a trilogy of The Jew of Malta/Titus Andronicus/Volpone, the NZ premiere of Sarah Cane's Crave, the world premieres of Jean Betts' The Collective and Paul Rothwell's Hate Crimes, and tours of Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film credits include The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, King Kong, principal roles in NZ independent feature films Event 16 & The Last Great Snail Chase, and the lead in the award winning short film Rob. Playing Jody in Lonely Planet with Redd Tale Theatre Company (of which he is Co-Artistic Director) marked his stage debut in NYC and the United States. He has had principal roles in Redd Tale's productions of Maddy: A Modern Day Medea, Triumph of Love and Gabriel, as well as the title role in Macbeth.