Jim Daniels is member of Actors' Equity Association and has worked as a professional actor for 40 years. He has acted at such theatres as Shakespeare and Company in Lennox, Massachusetts (where he is a designated senior company member), the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, the Cleveland Play House, Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, the Asolo Theatre of Florida, Shakespeare on the Green/Chicago, Pennsylvania Centre Stage and the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana.
Daniels has also written several one-person shows. Sam Houston: Standing In His Own Blood has toured Texas under a grant from the Texas Arts Commission and as a part of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration, while his docu-drama Sam Houston, Man of Honor won the Silver Award at the Houston Film Festival. Edwin Booth: The Falconer's Voice was commissioned by and performed for the Texas Educational Theatre Association. His most recent one-person show is Wyatt Earp: Last Man Standing, and a recent play So Far From God was produced in the Department of Theatre at Western Michigan University and received a subsequent performance at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.
Prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin, Daniels was the director of the B.F.A. Theatre Performance program in the Western Michigan University Department of Theatre. Daniels previously taught at The University of Texas at Austin (1981-1984), Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.