James Gardiner is a Helen Hayes Award-winning actor, playwright and filmmaker who currently resides in the Washington DC area. Mr. Gardiner wrote the book for Glory Days (music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire), which premiered at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia and opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in 2008. Mr. Gardiner’s work has been produced commercially in Tokyo, London, and Sydney and has appeared regionally throughout the United States and Canada. As an actor, Mr. Gardiner has performed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, and various other theaters in the Washington D.C. area. Mr. Gardiner received his BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park and currently teaches musical theatre performance at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.