James McHale is a Resident Artist and Artistic Council Member of Chance Theater where he recently performed as John Dodge in the SoCal Premiere of Middletown, and as the titular character in The Little Prince. He has appeared in many other Chance productions including Dogfight (LA/ OC Premiere), Samsara (West Coast Premiere), Maple and Vine (OC Weekly’s Best Play of the Year), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Ovation Recommended; LA Times Critic’s Choice), and The Laramie Project & Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (LA Stage Times’ Top 10 of 2013). Recently, he played Hamlet in Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in repertory at American Coast Theater Company where his theater credits also include All My Sons, and the West Coast Premiere of The Hiding Place. James received his B.A. in Theater Arts Performance from CSU Long Beach, and has studied with the Michael Chekhov Association and The Actor’s Center (NYC).
James also works as a director and teaching artist. His recent directing credits include the World Premiere of Comedy of ERRORS (ACTC), and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Chance Theater). He has taught and directed for local middle-schools, Musical Theater Playground, and for Chance Theater’s Speak Up youth program.