James Sie was born and raised in New Jersey, the son of immigrant parents. He attended Northwestern University and lived in Chicago for many years, working as an actor and an award-winning playwright of literary adaptations. He received a Joseph Jefferson Citation (Chicago’s equivalent of the Tony Award) for his adaptation of Island of the Blue Dolphins, and two Jeff Citation nominations for his adaptations of Dracula and A Wrinkle in Time. He also received an After Dark Award for the original work The Road to Graceland.
Since moving to Los Angeles, James has written and starred in the solo show Talking With My Hands, about his Chinese/Italian upbringing, for the Mark Taper Forum/East West Players and the NWAAT in Seattle. He has contributed essays for The Rumpus and The Advocate. In addition to writing, Sie can currently be heard as a voiceover artist in animation. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and son.