Recent Press

July 13, 2019

The Winter's Tale

"James...can take a bow for [an] exemplary performance..." - Susan Brall, MD Theatre Guide

March 16, 2019

The Seagull

"James is a perfect foil, a perky but socially unaware school teacher and suitor." - Ian Thal, Washington City Paper

March 16, 2019

The Seagull

"Iglesias, James, and Mooney provide delightful moments of comic relief."

"The choice to cast the male character of Medvedenko as a female actor brought an interesting spin and welcome queerness to the role and the impoverished schoolteacher’s relationship with Masha." - John Bavoso, DC Theatre Scene

March 14, 2019

The Seagull

"Masha was in complete contrast to Medvedenko (Amber James), whose naïve joy for the banal side of life was charming." - Em Skow, DCMetroTheaterArts

July 14, 2018

1 2 3: a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing

"(3)’s joyous mischievousness masks a deep sorrow, and James lets us see that sorrow, as she should, in glimpses."

"Because we move forward in time incrementally, the actors must show subtle gradations in the age of their characters. This affects...James the most, as younger kids age at a faster pace than older ones do. [She is] spot-on; you can see the seeds of the 12-year-old, for example, when you see her at 15, and as a result she is linearly connected to the 12-year-old and the 15-year-old when she appears as an adult." - Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene

May 21, 2018

The Cherry Orchard

"James’ Anya is appropriately giddy as a teenager, who, despite the collapse of the only way of life she has known, is nonetheless excited for the dizzying possibilities before her – of course, amplified through the idiom of commedia." - Ian Thal, DCMetroTheaterArts

January 30, 2018


"Young lovers Mariane (Amber James) and Valère (Erik Harrison) have a stand-out scene with Dorine (Jasmine Jones), the housemaid. Both are far too proud to admit they are hurt when the other is far too cowardly to stand up to the brainwashed Orgon’s tyranny..." - Marshall Bradshaw, DC Theatre Scene

October 15, 2017

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

"Amber James impresses as Nina, the small-town ingenue Spike had hoped to impress. James plays Nina as a bit dazed by the whirlwind in which she finds herself, and a bit in awe of the creative types she’s stumbled across, but never as dim-witted or childish." - Peter Orvetti, MD Theatre Guide

October 09, 2017

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

"Star-struck Nina, Vanya and Sonia’s neighbor, was played with a girlish giddiness by Amber James. Nina’s comparison of Masha to the character Norma Desmond from the classic film “Hollywood Boulevard“ among other gaffes, kept the laughs coming." - William Powell, DCMetroTheaterArts

February 01, 2017

Our Town

"There is a simplicity to his delivery of this character, so too when later he takes up the role of Wally Webb. A similar praise can be given to Amber James for her genteel portrayal of Rebecca Gibbs." - Amanda N. Gunther, Theatre Bloom

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