Dr James Issitt

Performance & Voice Specialist, Founder of Arctic Hare
BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D, PgCLTHE, Cert Ed., FHEA, AIMC

James is a presentation and communication expert. Through his work as a magician, director, dramaturge and educational arts practitioner he has develop the communication skills of professionals across the country.
He read Drama and English at the University of Leeds (St. John's College, York) before studying for an MA in Text and Performance at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
James completed his Ph.D in October 2020, entitled Performing Miracles: the real magic behind the performance - based on the performance practicalities and theories of close-up magic.

He has worked as an actor and director across the country, including directing in London. James is an Associate of the Inner Magic, the world’s most prestigious magic society in London, and a Member of The Society of American Magicians (International Assembly). He also performs close-up magic worldwide.
James works as a Senior Lecturer at a UK university delivering modules on Theatre and Performance. He was the Performance Consultant for the 2016 UK tour of the Champions of Magic. He has presented papers at education and research conferences in Cumbria and Las Vegas. He has lectured twice at The Magic Circle in London offering performance advice for close-up magicians. Every year James attends the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool to share his research and passion for magic. 

James is also a communication and presentation consultant for businesses across the country through his company Arctic Hare, and his experience spans performance, presentation and communication skills developed over 30 years.
With this wealth of knowledge James offers an expert’s eye on methods of communication.

James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds an Enhanced DBS.

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