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James Counihan is a New York City based actor originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a

BFA Acting degree from Ithaca College.

Growing up in between two brothers, James is a proud middle child and is 100% Irish!

James knew his dream of becoming a NBA superstar came to an end when he chose to play the Ugly Duckling in the musical Honk! instead of playing on an AAU basketball team when he was in middle school. Since then, James has jumped headfirst into the arts, primarily focusing on creating and acting in works that examine the human condition through theatre and film. 

Take a look around James's website to check out some of his credits, photos, and reviews!

About Me



City Theatre's 

EQT Young Playwrights Festival

James was excited to return to his hometown of Pittsburgh for the month of October to join

City Theatre's Young Playwright's Festival.

The festival ran October 22nd through November 1st. 



James ended his "college days" in Ithaca by joining Ithaca Shakespeare Company's Pericles this past summer playing the titular role. 


Ugly Lies

the bone

James recently finished up playing Stevie in Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies the Bone directed by Alexa Pichiarallo

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Ithaca College bfa class of 2019 showcase 

James and his classmates made their New York City debuts in front of agents and casting directors on March 4th at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center



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"The noble and good are so darn decent you want to weep...this is especially true for Pericles, the young Prince of Tyre, who's delightfully both handsome and humble, as splendidly conveyed by James Counihan. His delivery is articulate, audible, eloquent, nuanced, and heartfelt; he conveys much of the storyline and emotional pull."

Barbara Adams--"Pericles"--Ithaca.com


"The young actor playing Pericles, James Counihan is immensely appealing in the role." 

Warren Greenwood--"Pericles"--Ithaca.com


"Another standout performer was James Counihan, who played Barnaby Tucker. Throughout there were moments of very low excitement and energy from the performers. I would look at James and sure enough he would be active and reacting to everything that was happening in his character's world. He was also the main source of comic relief. From the second he made his first entrance to when he took his bow, I was able to identify and clearly understand where this character was coming from and what he wanted."

Jona Bolander--"Hello, Dolly!"--Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Hurrell is in good company with veterans Adam Berkebile as Hysterium, and James Counihan as Senex, at his side for much of the musical...The thrill of watching Hurrell, Berkebile, and Counihan results from their genuine and radiating joy of being on stage."

Maura Kay--"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"--Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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