- 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.