Stephanie St. James is the daughter of a Russian-born mother of Jewish descent & her father is of Guyanese descent and both met in Jerusalem, Israel. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors, her grandmother Sofia Katz being one of two Jewish survivors of the entire Jewish community in Budslav, Poland & her grandfather David Kopelewicz a decorated Partisan Commander who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.
Stephanie was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in the Northern California Bay Area where she began her career in the theater at a very young age. She has been seen internationally in such productions as Oprah Winfrey presents “The Color Purple (musical)”, for which she was nominated in 2008 for the NAACP Theater Award for Best Supporting Female – Equity for her role as “Squeak”. She received the 2010 San Francisco Broadway World Fan Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for her role as Mimi in Rent. In 2011 she was honored with the FREC Award by The Film Recording Entertainment Council in South Florida. Other productions include “Footloose First National Broadway Tour” in the role of “Rusty”, European Tour of “Fame” in the role of Mabel, Gary Marshall’s “Happy Days” in the role of “Lola”, just to name a few…
Stephanie St. James began her career after studying in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she landed her first role.
Stephanie was seen recently on the sixth season of “Portlandia” on IFC on the First Feminist City Episode.
She has over 25 years experience of performing on the world’s stages and has even entertained the former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Stephanie has been seen as a panelist speaker for Facebook for which she currently serves on the Small and Medium Business Council as CEO to her Business Amazing Fairytale Parties™ LLC.
She has appeared on television networks NBC, CW, PBS, IFC and is a published writer in USA Today.
Stephanie is married to Business Man Ari Werba. The two live in the Pacific Northwest with their 3 Dogs and 2 Cats and enjoy traveling.