Urbaniak is a veteran of New York's downtown theatre scene. With director Karin Coonrod, he co-founded the theatre company Arden Party, acting in and producing over thirty plays, both classics and originals, from the late 1980's through the 1990's. Recent off-Broadway credits include "The World Over: Shoppers Carried By Escalators into the Flames"; he played the dual roles of the French polemicist Guy Debord and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones in the critically acclaimed Lipstick Traces, a theatrical adaptation of the Greil Marcus book; Jose Rivera's Sueno at Manhattan Class Company; and most recently Melissa James Gibson's [sic] at Soho Rep. He originated roles in several plays by fellow downtown veteran Todd Alcott (screenwriter of Antz) including Jane Faust, A Pound of Flesh and Helsinor and has worked with many esteemed off-off-Broadway theatre companies including Cucaracha Theatre, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb and Elevator Repair Service. In 1996, Urbaniak won an Obie Award for his performance as the angst-ridden main character in the avant-garde writer/director Richard Foreman's play The Universe.
Urbaniak has recorded the poetry of author Joe Wenderoth for the CD Sweet and Vicious, a compilation of readings from the online magazine Nerve, and for the CD accompanying Wenderoth's book Letters to Wendy's, published by Verse Press. He lives in New York City.
James Urbaniak Facts
|Birthday||September 17, 1963 (53)|
|Birthplace||New Jersey, USA|