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James Ballard

James Ballard, a Virginia native and graduate of Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County, is a composer, lyricist, and writer who has written works for choir, concert band, orchestra, pop/rock/jazz ensembles, and musical theatre. As composer, his shows include the full-length musical The Oxford Epidemic, the one-act musical The Jerk Next Door, and the 10-minute operetta A Door (commissioned by the 2017 Prospect Musical Theatre Lab), all co-written with lyricist/librettist Seth Christenfeld. As composer/lyricist, shows include the heavy metal oratorio The Darkest Day and the theatrical song cycle Worlds To Explore. His work has been performed at venues across the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, and numerous clubs and cabaret theatres in New York City including Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe's Pub, the Duplex, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. James holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch and a BM in Music Composition from James Madison University.