James Fowler Aug. 22, 2017

Faces to Names: Meet Excel Arts Coordinator, James Fowler

Excel Academy is proud to introduce James Fowler, a successful actor and passionate educator who has spent the last decade building impactful performing arts programs with the likes of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Theatrical Education Group, and Downtown Repertory Theater Company. 

After studying at several prestigious art institutions—such as LACHSA, Berklee College of Music, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of the arts (AMDA)—James spent a great deal of time performing on stage and on camera. He soon discovered his passion for bringing the arts to students.

Learn a little more about James in this short Q&A. 

When did you discover your passion for performing arts?

I have always been immersed in performing arts and was fortunate to attend LACHSA, which is widely considered one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in California. From there, I went on to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of the Arts in Hollywood, CA. I also completed certificate training at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. That led me to performing in musicals and feature films throughout Southern California. 

What led you to this path?

During my many experiences performing, I realized that I wouldn’t have been able to grow into the artist and person I am today if not for my very first theatre classes in high school. Even after college, it was still LACHSA that was the most important time in my artistic development. 

While working with Children’s Theatre Experience and the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network, I made the decision that I was going to start pursuing a career in performing arts education. I was always doing shows with their students, not just as an actor, but also as a volunteer and mentor. These were truly transformative experiences that led me to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where I helped build art programs for several LA parks, and eventually to Excel Academy.   

What are you looking forward to most while acting as the arts coordinator for Excel Academy?  

I look forward to being a part of each student’s artistic journey. As the arts coordinator I am passionate about making sure Excel Academy has the absolute best arts vendors around. I look forward to offering students the most exciting arts field trips and events out there.  I am also looking forward to sharing the wealth of knowledge I have received from my years of rigorous training and discipline. I am incredibly passionate about Excel Academy’s vision for their students as well. Before I was brought on as the arts coordinator Excel Academy had a clear vision of what would benefit each of their students artistically and wanted me to help execute that vision.  

To learn more about Excel’s new Performing Arts, click here.