Daniel James

  • Warner Technical Coordinator/​Lecturer

Areas of Study


  • BA, San Francisco State University
  • MFA, Virginia Tech


Daniel R. James enjoys his second career in the arts after working in the maritime business as a sailor, tugboat operator, and steamship agency accountant. He has designed lighting for dance, stage, and performance art around the country since 1990. Before coming to Oberlin, James had been the production coordinator for the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

He was previously the lighting designer, technical director, and stage manager for the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is one of the founding members of the Sojourn Theatre Company of Portland, Oregon and was, for 11 years, the resident lighting designer of the Weathervane Theatre in New Hampshire. 


Who is Daniel James?

September 14, 2021

Theatrical stories that illustrate history or stage performances that simply serve a purpose to entertain are what Daniel James likes best about the theater. Learn more about James, including his favorite places in Oberlin, in this installment of Who Am I?