December 21st, 2010

After a long absence this year, James will be back with a new and improved website early 2011.

From James:

"Happy Holidays to each one of you and your families.

Thank you for your support this year. I hope to bring you many more performances in 2011.

Much Love.



August 24th, 2009

James has been cast as Bluntschli in the upcoming production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man which will open in October at Theater 1010 in New York.

August 17th, 2009

James will shoot Laurence Gingold's new Short film Fugue this week. In which he will play the leading role of "Tim".

August 6th, 2009

James will be part of the ensemble that will perform the first public reading of Shauna Kanter's new play at the Circle Lodge in Upstate New York this week.

August 2nd, 2009

What a night! James won the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play" award for his role as Tony D'Orazio in the sold out run of the play Monetizing Emma at Planet Connections Festival. The play also took home the awards for "Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script of a Play " (Felipe Ossa), "Outstanding Direction" (Leah Bonvissuto) " Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play" (Janice Mann) and "Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play". Congratulations to the cast and crew!

June 5th, 2009

Rehearsals are well underway for "Monetizing Emma" the new play by Felipe Ossa which will open at the Planet Connections Festival on June 17th. The play is directed by Leah Bonvisutto and will run for a limited six shows in June. Click here for tickets and Here to go to the shows website.

May 30th,2009

James is delighted to be working with Engage PR on their new project. More on this soon...

April 15th, 2009

There are now only 4 shows remaining of "Pericles" which closes this Sunday the 19th. To book your tickets click here to go to's website or you can contact Folding Chair Classical Theatre Company by clicking here.

May will be the month of readings for James with appearances at the Neighborhood Playhouse (5/4), Acorn (5/10) and Playwrights For Pets (5/19).

April 14th, 2009

James is very excited to be workshopping with Shauna Kanter to explore her new play. More on this in the future...

April 4th, 2009

Praise for "Pericles" and James on

"Anchoring the show in particular is Arden in the title role, who brings an optimism and decency to Pericles without making him seem too foolish or naÔve."

You can read the full review by clicking here.

March 26th, 2009

William Shakespeare's "Pericles" in which James plays the title character, opens tonight at the Access Theatre.

Tickets are available through Smarttix or by by clicking HERE.

March 15th, 2009

Tonight you can catch James on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" where he's playing a Scandinavian businessman in the episode "Wingmen".

January 19th, 2009

James is starting rehearsals for William Shakespeare's "Pericles" in which James will play the titular role. The show will open at the Access Theatre on March 26th in New York. More details to follow in February.

December 16th, 2008

The English and French websites for "Afterwards" (French title "Et Apres")  are now online.
Click here to visit the English site, see clips and more.
Click here to visit the French site, see clips and more.

You can also view the trailer here on by clicking HERE.

December 12th, 2008

Finally...a clip from 30 Rock with James as the German "Detlef". Click Here to view the clip.

November 17th, 2008

The first trailer for "Afterwards". That's James in the orange jacket on the train platform.

Afterwards trailer#1 english with french subtitles (thanks to lyly_ford)

November 13th, 2008

James has just completed shooting for an upcoming episode of the second season of "Flight of the Conchords". The new season will begin in January on HBO so look out for James somewhere in the series.

September 28th, 2008

"Evilution", a trilogy of one act comedies about Murder and the like opens on Thursday the 2nd of October and will run for 5 shows only until Sunday the 5th at
the 78th St. Theatre Lab. James plays the Cop in "Smash and Grab" a wonderful piece by Edward Musto and directed by Judd Silverman.
For tickets to this fun trilogy of comedies go to and book your tickets now!

September 22nd, 2008

James will play the State Prosecutor in the new play "Genevieve" by Edward Musto for the rehearsed reading that will take place today as part of the Urban Stages Reading series.

September 14th, 2008

"Afterwards" the Gilles Bourdos Directed film starring John Malkovich and Romains Duris and featuring James in the role of Dennis has premier at the Toronto Film Festival this week. It's scheduled for European release this winter, let's hope for a
US release in the near future!

September 10th, 2008

After a nice long break James is back and is about to start rehearsal's for Edward Musto's new play "Smash and Grab' which will be part of "Evilution"- 3 one act comedies that will play at the 78th St. theatre during the first week of October.
James will the the Cop in this hilarious piece. Stay tuned for ticket information.

July 1st, 2008

"Benefactors" closed on Sunday after a very successful run with large audiences throughout and many positive reviews. Thank you to all who came to the show. We hope you'll come back in the Fall for Folding Chair's upcoming Shakespeare project!

Here's a few more reviews from the play:

Oliver Conant wrote for

"I never saw the Broadway production of Benefactors with Sam Waterston in the role of David, Glenn Close as his wife, Simon Jones as Colin and Mary Beth Hurt as Sheila. Those are tough, if not impossible, acts to follow, but Arden, Blankenship, Margolis and Gould do a more than creditable job bringing their variously blocked, complicated, disagreeable and purblind characters to dramatic life."

Click here for the full review from

Matthew Freeman wrote:

"Marcus Geduld's spare direction hits all the right notes of a deceptively complex piece."

Click here for the full review from Matthew's blog.

June 16th, 2008

"Benefactors" is now half way through it's very successful run. Audiences and reviewers alike agree that this is not a show to miss.

Matt Johnston from writes in his review:

"The performances are subtle and thoughtful, particularly James Arden, who is able to capture both the passion and fragility of David."

"One of the biggest challenges in performing Benefactors is simply the volume and subtlety of the dialogue, and I thought everyone in the cast did a fantastic job of patiently and passionately working their way through the many layers of the play."

"..this is a wonderful production.."

Read the full review from here.

Edward Karam writes in his review for

"David, played with rationalism and openness and a necessary touch of the milquetoast by James Arden,"

"The virtue of such a production is that it focuses attention on the text and the playing of the piece, and the skilled cast brings forth Fraynís psychological complexity pretty well."

Read the full review from here.

Come see what the critics are talking about. There are still 8 more performances left but hurry as tickets are selling out fast and some dates are already sold out!

Click here to go to to buy tickets for Benefactors.

June 2nd, 2008

"Benefactors" the comedy by Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen) opens at the 78th St. Theatre Lab on Thursday for a one month run.
Come see James try to build skyscrapers in London in this resonant comedy.

Tickets are available through

Click here to buy tickets now.

May 2nd, 2008

James has started rehearsals for the upcoming production of Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" in which he will play David.
The play will run from June 5th until the 29th at the 78th St. Theatre Lab.
Tickets will go on sale next week through

March 13th, 2008

"Our Country's Good" continues to gather rave reviews. New Theatre Corps says:

"If you want to see a cast that will wow you with their investment in the material instead of wowing you with a big budget, you can't go wrong with this one."
"..From start to finish, Folding Chair Classical Theatre's take on the story never ceases to grip, entertain, and delight."
Cindy Pierre, "New Theatre Corps"

Click here for the full review

March 12th, 2008

"Our Country's Good" is going strong! You still have 2 weeks to see the show critics are praising. has made it a "Critic's Pick of the week". Here's a few lines from the review:

"Folding Chair Classical Theatre [presents a] bracing revival of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good ... It's difficult to single out any one actor, as the entire cast delivers with passion and intelligence ... Folding Chairs' production [is] ... brisk and supple... Ample credit must go to director Marcus Geduld for eliciting such strong and moving performances."  
Christopher Murray, "Backstage"

Click here to read the full review.

Click here to purchase your tickets on

February 26th, 2008

News just in; The feature film "Afterwards" has announced it will premier in Paris on October 1st, 2008. Stay tuned for more...

January 24th, 2008

Tickets for James' next show "Our Country's Good" are now on sale! Click here to be redirected to the website to purchase tickets. In "Our Country's Good" James plays Robert Sideway and Captain David Collins. The show runs from February 28th until March 23rd at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in Manhattan.

January 7th, 2008

It's official; James' episode of NBC's comedy "30 Rock" will air this coming Thursday (1/10) at 8:30pm (7:30pm central). Tune in to see James play Detlef, the German TV executive making life difficult for Liz!

December 18th, 2007

It's back to the stage in the new year. James will play the characters Collins and Sideway in Folding Chairs upcoming production of "Our Country's Good". Rehearsals start in January and the show will open on February 28th 2008 at 78th Street Theatre Lab and run until March 23rd. More on the show and tickets coming later in January. To pre-order tickets email James in the contact section of this site.

December 17th, 2007

Set your DVR's! James will be on NBC's hit show "30 Rock" at the beginning of January. The episode is set to air January 10th 2008. Stay tuned in case of changes...

December 12th, 2007

"Loaded" the short film in which James appears is in the running to be shown on Channel 13's "Reel NY" click HERE and vote. With enough votes it be show in the near future.

November 8th, 2007

James has wrapped his turn on the NBC Universal hit series "30 ROCK" on which he plays Detlef. Tune in for episode 10 of the second season to see what he gets up to!

September 28th, 2007

7 Performances of "Ghost Stories" Remaining. Tickets are selling fast and next week is almost sold out. So if you want to catch the show nows the time to book!

September 26th, 2007

Blink and you might miss him but next year James will be featured in "Sex In The City- The Movie" Hint... "Starbucks and Brighteyes". Provided he doesn't end up on the cutting room floor.....

September 14th, 2007

And they're up and running! James started his run in Folding Chair Classical Theatre Company's "Ghost Stories" last night to a warm and encouraging reception. James play's the Porter in David Mamet's "Prairie du Chien" and takes on four of the five roles in Jeffrey Hatchet's adaptation of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw".
The play run's until October 7th at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Click here to go to

August 13th, 2007

James completed shooting on Luke Adam Schuering's 35mm short "A Portrait of a Cowboy" last week while pushing on with rehearsals for "The Turn Of The Screw".

July 27th, 2007

A much overdue update has been completed on New pictures on the front page as well as new headshots and updated resumes are now available in the download section of the website.

July 19th, 2007

Shooting completed on Felipe Antonio Dieppa's Short film "An Attempt". Look for the film on the festival circuit by the end of the year/ early '08!

July 13th, 2007

James has accepted the multi character role of "Man" in Jeffrey Hatchet's adaptation of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw". This challenging play will see James play the Narrator, The Uncle, The Housekeeper and a 10 year old boy while never leaving the stage! The play will be directed by Marcus Geduld for the Folding Chair Classical Theatre Company. James will play opposite Lisa Blankenship.
The play will open at the 78th St. Theatre Lab in the second week of September and run until the end of the first week of October. Information on tickets to follow in the coming months.

July 4th, 2007

Happy 4th to one and all from James!

Shooting has wrapped on the Sameer Butt directed health advisory video on Heart Disease in which James plays a helpful doctor.

July 2nd, 2007

Principal photography has wrapped on the Ben Chace directed short "3rd of July" in which James plays Harry Shaw.

June 20th, 2007

James has completed his engagement on the feature film "Afterwards" Starring Romain Duris, John Malkovich and Evangeline Lily. The film is directed by Gilles Bourdos and is set for release in 2008.

June 12th, 2007

"3rd of July", the Ben Chace directed short film will has begun production and James is on board to play Harry Shaw in this thought provoking short produced by Adam Poswolsky. Principal photography will take place at the end of June.

June 5th, 2007

James is teaming up again with Sameer Butt. This time James will play a paramedic in the half hour TV educational film SAEHAT which focuses on heart disease and treatment in the south Asian community.

May 30th, 2007

James has been confirmed and is now attached to the Gilles Bourdos directed feature film "Afterwards" which starts shooting in New York City in June.

May 25th, 2007

James is teaming up with Felipe Antonio Dieppa for his upcoming project "An Attempt" which goes into production in June and is set to shoot in July. More on this project soon...

May 24th, 2007

James on Fox! Earlier in the month James played the Doctor in Jessica Brillhart's short "To Screw In A Light Bulb" which was recently seen on the Fox Show "On The Lot" in which Jess is a contestant. She has made it this far and James is very sure she'll go far on the show. She's got great talent and is a wonderful director to work with.
Good Luck Jess!!!

May 10th, 2007

May on the stage. James will be part of the Chorus in the staged reading of "Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner".

May 6th, 2007

It came a went quickly but a good time was had by all during the final day of shooting for Koh Yamamoto's short film "Chin Chin Chan" in which James played the psychotic "Macho Guy". Look for a link by the middle of the year!

April 28th, 2007

James will be part of the Chorus in the Ryan McWilliams directed staged reading of "Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner" which will go up on Monday the 14th of May at the Interborough Repertory Theatre.

April 26th, 2007

Despite "JHC" being postponed James still managed to shoot the short film "To Screw In A Light Bulb" with Jess Brillhart this week. More on this short soon.

March 24th, 2007

Principal photography for "The John Henry Complex" has been pushed back to the fall of 2007.

March 15th 2007

It's finally here! The behind the scene "Making of the commercial" for Heineken Premium Light in which James plays the Dutch interpreter is now up on the Heineken Website. Click here to go the the site. Once on the site click on "The Latest" then "The Ads" and finally the "Making of Beautiful". Enjoy!

March 14th, 2007

A lot of people have been asking to see James dance. So here is the commercial for New Jersey Lottery where James does something that vaguely looks like dancing.
Click here to go the Film page.

March 8th, 2007

March is looking up!
James is pre-production for Jess Brillhart's upcoming short "The John Henry Complex" set to shoot next month.
Dan Przygoda's "Killswitch" has been selected as one of the top five films in the Athens Short Film Festival in Greece and will screen this coming weekend with Greek subtitles.
James will also take the stage at the Cold Cuts reading series this coming Monday, March 12th. For more information about the series and how to attend visit:

And...James had new headshots taken with Philip Kessler. The new shots will be available on this site soon.

February 16th, 2007

Shooting completed on "Diner". Fingers crossed this will bring Derrick Fong into the "On The Lot" Competition!

February 7th, 2007

James is back in gear after the winter vacation hiatus and will team up again with the director of "Interval" Derrick Fong for his entry film to the competition "On The Lot".
James will also be part of the starting line-up for the new season of  readings at "Cold Cuts" on February 12th.

December 18th, 2006

Happy Holidays to all!!!
James wants to thank you all for dropping by the site this year, received more than 75,000 hits this year and hopefully you'll be coming back next year to check up on some of the exciting projects James will be working on.
To friends and colleagues; Thank you for the many fun collaborations that were achieved in 2006.
See you all in 2007!

December 5th, 2006

James is suiting up for this weeks shoot for LexisNexis in which James will be playing a lawyer in a rush...

December 4th, 2006

Outing Wittgenstein ended it's successful run yesterday. James wants to thank cast and crew for a wonderful time.

November 19th, 2006

James tags along for a night on the town with Casino Royale's "Le Chiffre", Mads Mikkelsen for the New York Times. Article coming soon.

November 13th, 2006

"Pissant" is now on the web! Click here to see the clip from the short here on

November 9th, 2006

If you think you've seen James dancing around the office in New Jersey Lottery's new commercial.. then you have! The Spot is now airing throughout the tri-state area.

October 31st, 2006

The spot is now on the net. Click here to see the spot and James' cameo as the office intern Harold "Happy" Hansen.

October 23rd, 2006

'Outing Wittgenstein" has opened! The crowds have been numerous and the reception of the play has been great! Click on the icon on the left to book tickets.

October 13th, 2006

October has been busy for James. "Outing Wittgenstein" is now in it's final week of rehearsals before opening on October 20th at the Castillo Theater.
James has also completed shooting for his first commercial for New Jersey Lottery which will air in November on TV as well as a mockumentary for Heineken Light which will be available on the web soon.
More details on al these exciting projects soon!

September 29th, 2006

Wake up to James this Saturday and Sunday on "Good Morning America"!
James just completed a segment for GMA entitled "Sleep Wars" . In case you miss it click HERE to watch it on the web.

September 19th, 2006

Dorie Dunham's short film "Three Bridges" has been selected as one of the final 50 films in the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival. If you have time and wish to see some great short films then register on the site (It's Free) and help get the film into the final by voting.

Click here to go to the "Three Bridges" page at

September 15th, 2006

Rehearsals are now well under way for the play "Outing Wittgenstein" in which James will play "Wittgenstein of Wittgenstein" aka "Wittgenstein's Gay Alter Ego".
The play opens at the Castillo Theatre on October 20th.
Information about tickets and more coming soon!

September 13th, 2006

The past few weeks have been busy for James. Shooting was completed on Stefan Schaeffer and Diane Crespor's feature film "Arranged" (Due out in 2007), Robert Adziashvili's teaser trailer for the feature "Under Given Circumstances" and Andrea Marroquin Mallol's spec commercial for Mastercard.

July 24th, 2006

Shooting completed on Nonso Christian Ugbode's short film "Loaded" which will enter the NBC Comedy Shorts competition next month. Casting and shooting all happend over 5 days. This was a fast, fun and smooth shoot.

July 17th 2006

Principal photography has been completed on Fujiya Satoshi's Action-Horror feature "Exile". The film will have it's world premiere Spring 2007. More details will follow in the coming months.

July 5th 2006

Principal photography completed on Sameer Butt's Tv-Episode "Intersections" for Hum.TV. The episode will air later this month. Check back soon for more information.

June 12th 2006

Shooting completed on Seaworthy Films commercial shoot for As always a good time was had with the talented crew from Seaworthy Films. A big thank you to Nick, Ben and the rest of the gang from James.

June 9th 2006

James is teaming up with Darko Ibrahimpasic again. The director of "Collision" is producing the new Untitled television project directed by Sameer Butt set for shooting in June.

June 8th 2006

James will be appearing in Seaworthy Films new commercial test shoot shooting this coming weekend. This will be his second project with director/producer Nick Carbonaro.

May 17th 2006 version 2.0 is now up and running. (It's the website you're looking at right now). The new site is packed with features; The "Photo Gallery" has been expanded and will be further updated as pictures come in as will the new "Films" section. More films will be added in the coming months. There is also a new "Download Section" on the Resume page to access, download and print James' resume and headshot. 
Should you have any questions, comments or notice any bugs, feel free to contact the designers at:

We hope you enjoy the new website!

April 29th 2006

"Killswitch" will be featured at the Short Film Market at Cannes 2006!  More on this soon...

April 28th 2006

The past week has been busy. James wrapped re-shoots for Pablo Ortega Medina's "The Audition" and Leonard Mah's "73". Also this week; James narrated the short film "Ted's Big Moment" for Robert Beiderman and added his Voice Over skills to a new Deloitte & Touche Video.

April 21st 2006

Shooting has wrapped on the final pickup shots for Jesse Gebryel's "The Flight". Look out for this exciting short later in the year on

April 17th 2006

Shooting completed on "The Offer" by Jonathan Stevens. James wants to thank the cast and crew for a great time on the shoot.

April 8th 2006

James will be appearing in Jonathan Stevens short "The Offer" which will shoot in mid-April.

April 3rd 2006

Shooting completed on '73" by Leonard Mah.

March 28th 2006

James is onboard to play Shura in Fujiya Satoshi's Action-Horror Film "Exile" which starts shooting in late April.

March 14th 2006

James will be appearing in Leonard Mah's short "73" which will shoot late March and early April.

March 13th 2006

Shooting completed "The Audition" by Pablo Ortega Medina.

March 3rd 2006

James Arden is now represented by Jamie Harris at the Clear Talent Group as well as the Mary Anne Claro Talent Agency. James looks forward to a long and productive partnership with both agencies.

February 28th 2006

"Beyond the Veil" had it's final curtain last Sunday. Here's what the Off-Off-Broadway Review had to say about it:

"The actors were talented, especially James Arden as William Royce. Arden had the most challenging role, moving from haughty skeptic to wide-eyed believer to hardened swindler over the course of three acts. With his roguish smile and lordly demeanor, he was a pleasure to watch."                                                            -Byrne Harrison., Off-Off Broadway Review

                                         Click here for the full review!

February 22nd 2006

Shooting completed on the J.T. Linn produced Spec commercial for Guinness

February 21st 2006

James will be appearing in Pablo Ortega Medina's short film "The Audition" (Working Title). Shooting to begin later in March.

February 12th 2006

There are still 2 weeks left to see James in "Beyond The Veil" at Where Eagles Dare Theatre. Click here to order tickets.

"Three Bridges" selected for Knight of Shorts Film Festival to screen in California fall 2006. More on this later in the year....

January 23rd 2006

Here it is! The first sneak peek at Jesse Gebryel's "The Flight". Click here to view.  Later this year the trailer for this great short will be available here on

Shooting completed on "Time Trigger".

January 20th 2006

"Killswitch" to open Seattle Science Fiction Short Film Festival in February.              Click here for details.

Shooting completed on "Kill Me, If Not Screw Me".

January 12th 2006

Beyond The Veil by John Chatterton will open on February 2nd. James will play the lead "William Royce" A Victorian scientist who engages in elaborate experiments with a medium while attempting to communicate with a dead lover...

The play runs until February 26th. Click here to book tickets with

December 22nd 2005

Happy Holidays everyone!  See you in 2006.

December 13th 2005

Shooting completed on "Collision". Yep, that was quick.

December 10th 2005

James will be appearing in Darko Ibrahimpasic's short "Collision" Shooting early next week.

December 4th 2005

James will be appearing in Ryan DeCarlo's Short "Time Trigger" which will shoot in January 2006.

Shooting completed on "Ketch, Hare, Burke & Ketch",  "Pissant" and "Twisted Twain".

"Kill me, if not, Screw me" has been pushed back to January.

James will start rehearsals for John Chatterton's play "Beyond the Veil" in January. The play premieres February 2nd, 2006 at Where's Eagles Dare Theatre on 36th St.  More information on tickets for the play in January.

November 10th 2005

Watch Derrick Fong's "INTERVAL" here on  !!!

Click here for the Quicktime version.

And here for the Windows Mediaplayer version.

James will be appearing in:
Macy Lao's "Ketch, Hare, Burke & Ketch"
Sue Park's "Kill me, if not, Screw Me"
and Miguel Nogueira's "Twisted Twain" .
All three short's will shoot in November.

October 29th 2005

James will be appearing in Joseph Origlieri's short "Pissant" which
will shoot in November. website comes online today....