James Godwin is a puppeteer, performance artist, visual artist, and actor. He frequently collaborates with Tim Lagasse on theater and puppetry projects. On Oobi, Godwin played Maestru and several minor characters.
James Godwin founded "the Elementals," a puppetry troupe. With Tim Lagasse, he co-wrote and starred in the adult puppet stage show Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement.
As a voice actor, Godwin played Private Public and Farmer John on the Cartoon Network series Sheep in the Big City. He was also a cast member of the Off-Broadway show Puppet Up: Stuffed and Unstrung. He has worked with Julie Taymor, David Bowie and even Aerosmith. His film and TV credits include the Ice Age film series, It's a Big Big World for PBS, and Saturday Night Live.
Godwin served as a Muppet performer on Elmo's Christmas Countdown and A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. He also participated in the Chappelle's Show parody of Sesame Street, "Knee High Park." He puppeteered the Wyatt Cenac puppet at the White House on The Daily Show.
Most recently, Godwin's one-man puppet and performance art show, Lunatic Cunning, took home best in show at the Puppeteers of America Festival and was the winner of the prestigious Jim Henson Award for Innovation. The show was also the recipient of a project grant from the Jim Henson Foundation and had its premiere at Dixon Place in New York in April 2012.