On the Couch with Jay James-Moody

Jay James-Moody oncWho is Jay James-Moody?
A Sydney based independent producer, actor and director.

What would you do differently to what you do now?   
I’m not sure, I don’t know how to do anything differently to what I do now!

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by the incredibly talented people that devote their time, energy and talent to our productions for very little reward without complaint. And all of the tremendously passionate people that volunteered countless hours to renovate Hayes Theatre Co have been very inspiring also.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Ensure everyone stands to the left on escalators and turns their phone off in the theatre. Putting it on vibrate doesn’t count.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My wife and I visited Kauai in the Hawaiian islands last year on our Honeymoon, which was also a Jurassic Park pilgrimage for me as a super-fan. We’re headed there again the day after The Drowsy Chaperone closes.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The latest production at Hayes Theatre Co for a taste of Sydney’s newest theatre venue and a great show.

What are you currently reading?
I have been so flat out over the past few months, I haven’t touched a book. Currently reading The Drowsy Chaperone script to learn my lines.

What are you currently listening to?
Music is pretty exclusively The Drowsy Chaperone also but I try and keep up to date with The Nerdist Podcast.

Happiness is?
Watching sitcoms with my wife.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m happy to be surprised.

Jay James-Moody is a Sydney-based producer, director and actor. Performance credits include The Kangaroo Gang  (BBC), Magical Tales (Channel 9), A Year With Frog and Toad (Ensemble Theatre); The Venetian Twins (New Theatre); Lucky Stiff, She Loves MeOn The Twentieth Century (Neglected Musicals); You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Spelling Bee (StageArtz); Reefer Madness, [title of show], A New BrainOrdinary Days, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Squabbalogic); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Kings Fools) and Jerry Springer The Opera (Sydney Opera House).

He has directed Choice Cuts (New Musicals Australia); Tick… Tick… BOOM! (Newline Productions); Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Wedding SingerRent (RMS); Carrie The Musical[title of show], Thrill Me, Forbidden Broadway, Reefer Madness and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot  (Squabbalogic); LadyNerd: A Cabaret (Twisted Melon); and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (New Theatre).

Jay is currently directing and will be performing in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Hayes Theatre Co from 14 March – 6 April 2014. For more information, visit: www.squabbalogic.com.au for details.

Image: Jay James-Moody