On Whose Shoulders We Build: Spotlight on – Paul James

Disability Arts in the North East – A Living Archive

A tribute to all the disabled artists and groups who have made up the Disability Arts Movement past and present


About Paul

Director Paul James is the Senior Creative Associate for the Children and Young People’s Programme at Live Theatre. He established the multi award-winning Education & Participation Department at Live Theatre in 1998 and has directed and produced numerous projects.

Paul has led on a number of festivals by and for young people, and in all of his work is committed to sharing diverse, eclectic and exciting new work, showcasing incredible talent. He ensures that content is relevant and pertinent to young people’s lives, supporting new voices to be heard.

Paul is particularly proud of the projects he developed with refugees and asylum seekers, mainly, From Home to Newcastle and From the Sky to Your Hands.

Prior to this Paul worked as an actor for a variety of theatre companies including the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Bristol Old Vic, Talawa, Northern Stage, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Liverpool Everyman, Northumberland Theatre Company, Live Theatre and various community theatre companies.

Paul’s statement on the exhibition and life as a disabled artist

“I always try to concentrate on the things I can do with my disability but sometimes social barriers hold you back and make life more challenging. We have to stay positive!”


View the On Whose Shoulders We Build online exhibition