Beau James is currently Head of First Nations Programming Sydney Opera House.‘Through all my work I strive to highlight Aboriginal culture and life within the LGBTQIA+ community by engaging with issues such as culture, race, gender, and sexuality.”
Beau is from the Mununjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland with links to Stradbroke Island.
James has worked as a company director, circus artist, physical theatre and cabaret performer and was the co-founder and director of Circus Minimus in Brisbane for 10 years.
The circus company worked with Queensland based community organisations focused on the homeless, the disabled and women prisoners.
For the last seven years, James worked as a manager and head of indigenous programs at the Australian National Maritime Museum, curating innovative exhibitions and programs and sourced new works intertwining the traditional and the contemporary to explore First Nations culture.