Vanessa James

Set & Costume Designer


Vanessa James, set and costume designer, is a designer of sets, costumes, and lighting for the theater and opera and an art director for film and television. She has received an Emmy Citation and two other Emmy nominations. She was the art director for a documentary on the history of the White House directed by Oscar winning director Paul Wagner. Other film credits include Andy Warhol’s Brand X, Ragtime, and The King of Comedy. Her Off-Broadway credits include the revival of Virgil Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, Arthur Penn’s production of Chambers and the musical Your Don’t Miss Water by Cornelius Eady. She is currently the chair of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of The Geneology of Greek Mythology and Shakespeare’s Geneologies.