James as Ollie in Goodspeed's THE CIRCUS IN WINTER

James Penca is an actor, singer, writer, guitarist, historian and proud member of Actors' Equity.


Originally from Painesville, Ohio, James spent his childhood as an ice hockey goalie but soon found the Cleveland theatre scene and began acting.


He attended the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre.


Since leaving school, James has performed with theatre companies all over the country including The Goodspeed Opera House, Weston Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Akron Symphony, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Sharon Playhouse, Color & Light Theatre Company in Los Angeles and a handful of spaces in New York City such as The Laurie Beechman, Music Theatre Factory, Cap21 Theatre Company and 54 Below.


Along the way he's worked with a handful of notable (brilliant) artists including Pam Myers, Annie Golden, William Parry, music directors Larry Presgrove, Matt Hinkley, Charlie Rosen and Martin Lowe as well as musical theatre writers Joe Iconis, Adam Guettel, Dan Elish and Hunter Foster, to name a few.


When not on stage, James pursues his life-long dream of going back in time and sailing on the Titanic.


James now lives and works in New York City.