Charlene James is an award winning playwright and trained as an actress at Birmingham School of Acting and at The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago. She was writer in residence at Birmingham REP for their season focusing on mental health and wrote for the Young Theatre Makers which premiered at the Birmingham REP before touring.

Her play Cuttin’ It, premiered at Young Vic before touring to Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Sheffield Theatre and The Yard. Charlene won the Alfred Fagon Award, George Devine Award, UK Theatre Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Cuttin’ It. It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 and aired as Drama of the week. It won an Audio Drama Award. Charlene is currently on the 4Screenwriting Course and has written for the BBC.

Charlene is under co-commission to the Royal Court Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company.