James T. Alfred has studied Shakespeare in New York at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab under the Shakespearean scholar Barry Edlestein. As a professional, James has worked at theaters across the United States from Arizona to D.C., including the Tony Award winning Steppenwolf and Guthrie Theaters. He has studied and worked with some of the top theater practitioners in the country, such as Obie Award winning director Lou Bellamy, Robert Woodruff, Barry Edelstein, and Chris Bayes to name a few.
James received special recognition in acting from Chicago’s African-American Arts Alliance in 2010. He is a four-time BTA Award nominee. In addition to acting, James writes and produces for both the screen and the stage. He has delivered “Keynote” addresses for Phi Theta Kappa (Olive Harvey College), St. Thomas University, and A.V.I.D (Chicago Public Schools). James is the founder of Turhan International, a Chicago based multimedia production company.