James Tan is an independent lighting designer and a winner of the Young Artist Award. He was awarded an professional arts scholarship by the National Arts Council of Singapore. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. Some of his lighting design credtis for theatre and dance include : Dragonflies and Next to Normal (Pangdemonium), Merdeka and Public Enemy (W!ld Rice), Disgraced and Hello Goodbye (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Red (Blank Space Theatre in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay) and Joget (Esplanade Theatres on The Bay). He has also created lighting design for events, including From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience (Singapore Bicentennial Office), OCBC Garden Rhapsody: Rainforest Orchestra – Asia & Australia Edition (Gardens By The Bay) and The Art of the Brick® Exhibition by Nathan Sawaya (MBS ArtScience Museum).
His works have toured internationally and regionally, in works such as Relatively Speaking (The British Theatre Playhouse) and God of Carnage (Singapore Repertory Theatre). He has also created a public artworks such as Yellow (Public Art Trust - Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us). Tan leads Pangdemonium;s Lighting Apprenticeship Programme – giving an intermediate level lighting individual an exclusive opportunity to further develop their craft with the company. In 2022, he was invited by Electronic Theatre Consoles Inc. to be a mentor with The International Fred Foster Student Mentorship Programme, assisting international lighting design and technology students to make the transition into the professional working environment.