People: Faculty and Staff

James McDaniel


School of Theatre: Lecturer

James McDaniel is a native of Fort Worth and received his BFA in theatre with an emphasis in acting in 1994. After graduating he was accepted into the acting apprentice program at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville where he had the honor of playing a small role in the new play Trudy Blue by Marsha Norman at the 1995 Humana Festival of New Plays. After his ten months at ATL he moved to NYC to pursue an acting career and eventually joined Actor’s Equity Association with a production of Agamemnon directed by Alexander Hamilton at the historical La MaMa theatre in NYC. After 9/11 he took a career turn and worked on Wall Street for seven years until the market crash of 2008 which presented another opportunity for reinvention. He fell into some costuming opportunities and decided to go back to school and got his MFA in costume design and technology. James enjoys construction and fabrication as well as design and has worked for Syracuse Stage, Aquila Theatre Company, Kean University and others in various costuming capacities.