Suzanne James - General Manager

Suzanne James (née Carter) is a General Manager and Producer and who has worked on productions in the West End, off-West End, Fringe and touring venues worldwide for companies including Sonia Friedman Productions, Working Title Films, the Menier Chocolate Factory and nabokov.

Suzanne graduated from Sussex University with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Contemporary History. After graduating Suzanne began work as a freelance producer, making her first move into the West End working as an assistant producer on Angry Young Man at the Trafalgar Studios.

As a freelance producer Suzanne has worked on numerous theatre productions at venues such as Battersea Arts Centre, Tristan Bates Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. A highlight of her freelance work was working with comedian and political activist Mark Thomas on his series of performances It’s the Economy Supid?! and It’s the Stupid Economy at venues in London. Suzanne has also worked as a producer for nabokov under Artistic directors George Perrin and James Grieve (now Paines Plough), producing Present:Tense at Southwark Playhouse and the UK tour of Is Everyone OK? By Joel Horwood.

In 2009 Suzanne was selected from over 2,000 applicants to be part of a team of eight young producers for the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays.

Between 2009 and 2011 Suzanne worked for Working Title Films as part of a new theatrical general management team on Billy Elliot the Musical and on the development of Bridget Jones the Musical.

Other productions include: for Sonia Friedman Productions - La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre, West End), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre, West End) Arcadia and A View From the Bridge (Duke of York, West End), Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic); for Menier Chocolate Factory - A Little Night Music, Rookery Nook, and Talent; Backbeat (Duke of York, West End).

Before joining 59 Suzanne worked as the Arts Coordinator at the Southbank Centre, playing a pivotal role in the programming and delivery of the yearlong landmark festival The Rest is Noise and the summer 2012 Festival of the World.