My first memory of wanting to be an actor was at five-years-old, while exiting
the old La Mar Theater in my hometown of Manhattan Beach, California. As the
soaring exit music filled my ears, I magically “became” the character who had
just kept me glued to the screen for two hours. At that age, I didn’t realize that
acting was an actual “job”; I only knew that life was, without question, bigger,
brighter and way more exciting in the movies, and I wanted in.
I was introduced to theatre at the age of eight, playing the snowman in a school
play and continued performing in countless plays and musicals all through school
and in community theatre.
I kicked-off my professional career as a singer and dancer at Disneyland, and
soon became heavily involved in the music business, initially as a singer, touring
nationally and internationally and in Las Vegas. Eventually I became a
songwriter, recording artist and producer, with one of the film projects I coauthored
and performed in receiving an Academy Award nomination and
winning the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Music led me to New York City and the opportunity to study acting with Uta
Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld and Bill Hickey at HB Studio. I then did regional theatre,
eventually landing in San Francisco, where I completed the two-year Meisner
Intensive Training at the Meisner Technique Studio. Since then, I’ve been
focusing mainly on film, TV, and voice over.
I still believe that life is bigger, brighter and way more exciting in the movies, but
I’ve added TV and theatre to that esteemed group. My life is a constantly
evolving adventure, one that continues to provide me with endless opportunities
to move, inform, and entertain those around me, and when the stars align, the
world at large.
Name: James Allen Brewer
Lives in: San Francisco, California
Company: A-J Productions
Occupation: Actor, Dramaturge and Producer
Unique traits: The ability to behave truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
Meisner Technique Studio, San Francisco, CA
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA
HB Studio, New York, NY