Jay James-Moody is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. He is the creator and Artistic Director of acclaimed boutique company Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre - one of Australia’s premier producers of intimate musical theatre. Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic music theatre works while nurturing a fun, inclusive professional creative environment.
From its founding in 2006, Squabbalogic filled a void by connecting with challenging work and writers in musical theatre often neglected by mainstream companies and sharing it with an audience eager to experience an alternative to large-scale spectacles. Jay and Squabbalogic were instrumental in acquiring and establishing Sydney’s prestigious Hayes Theatre Company, a home for musical theatre and cabaret which opened in 2014.
Jay has collaborated on theatrical works with such diverse organisations as Kings Cross Theatre, Opera Australia, Merrigong Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, New Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, the Seymour Centre, Sydney Opera House, Noosa Long Weekend, Royal Caribbean Cruises, City of Sydney, New Musicals Australia, the Sydney Fringe Festival, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
He is the co-author of two original musicals, Good Omens based on the best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, and The Dismissal about the last days of the Whitlam government. Other writing credits include Broadway Reimagined and Straight From The Hart.
As performer Jay’s recent credits include his sell-out solo show Herringbone, West Side Story for Handa Opera on the Harbour, A Cheery Soul for Sydney Theatre Company, She Loves Me for Hayes Theatre Co (Sydney Theatre Award Nomination - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, GLUG Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) and The Book of Mormon (Original Australian Company).
Other performance credits include A Midsummer Night‘s Dream (STC), Of Thee I Sing, Man Of La Mancha, Bye Bye Birdie, The Drowsy Chaperone (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Actor), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ordinary Days, A New Brain, [title of show], Reefer Madness, A Year With Frog and Toad, and The Venetian Twins.
Jay’s directing credits include The Dismissal, Good Omens, Herringbone (with Michael Ralph), Straight from The Hart, Bring It On, The Original Grease, Grey Gardens, Hello, Dolly! (with Dean Vince), Triassic Parq, Man Of La Mancha (GLUG Award, Best Musical), Bye Bye Birdie, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Drowsy Chaperone (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Director), Carrie, [title of show] (with Daniel Jacobs), Thrill Me, Forbidden Broadway, Reefer Madness, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Tick... Tick... BOOM!, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Productions produced by Jay have amassed over 40 award nominations in the last ten years.