James Harkness is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer who has captivated audiences on Broadway and beyond. Born and raised in a small town in Illinois, Harkness discovered his passion for performing arts at an early age, participating in local theater productions and choir. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he continued to pursue his love for the arts, performing in various productions and even choreographing a show.
Following his military service, Harkness returned to civilian life with a renewed appreciation for the performing arts. He moved to New York City to pursue his dreams of Broadway, studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and honing his skills in various workshops and productions. His talent and dedication soon paid off, and he landed his first Broadway role in the critically acclaimed production of "Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations."
Harkness's Broadway credits also include "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "Aida," and "The Color Purple." He has also appeared in numerous regional and off-Broadway productions, including "Chicago," "Cabaret Zazou," and "Fragments of Me," a show he wrote, directed, and starred in.
In addition to his acting and singing talents, Harkness is an accomplished choreographer. He has choreographed several productions, including "Cabaret Zazou," "Fragments of Me," and "The Wiz." He is also a skilled dancer, proficient in various styles, including jazz, tap, and ballet.
Harkness's versatility and passion for the performing arts have made him a sought-after performer and choreographer. He is known for his infectious energy, captivating stage presence, and ability to connect with audiences on a deep level.
Beyond his professional achievements, Harkness is also a dedicated mentor and educator. He has taught masterclasses and workshops at various institutions, including The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with aspiring performers, inspiring them to pursue their dreams with dedication and perseverance.