James Daniels

Jim Daniels is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and has worked as a professional actor for forty years. He has acted at such theatres as Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, 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. He acted in several productions for Theatre for Young America in Kansas City and has performed for numerous equity dinner theatres. Daniels has also worked under equity guest artist contracts at various colleges and universities.

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 the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration and 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. Custer Rides has been performed for several organizations and has been produced by Shakespeare and Company as a part of their regular summer season. 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, a program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. His production of Othello at WMU won the American College Theatre Festival competition and was produced at the American College Theatre National Festival in 2005 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2011 he won the Dean’s College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award. Besides numerous professional productions, Daniels directed over forty productions for the WMU Department of Theatre.

Daniels previously taught in the UT Department of Theatre and Dance from 1981-1984 and helped write their M.F.A. Acting curriculum. He also taught in the B.F.A. and the M.F.A. Acting programs at Case Western Reserve University and the B.A. and M.F.A. programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Daniels received his M.F.A. from the Florida State University/Asolo Theatre of Professional Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida and his M.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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