He starred on-camera, opposite Suzy Nakamura in Strawberry Fields. He had roles also in Chain Reaction. Sie wrote and performed the autobiographical one-person stage show, Talking With My Hands in 1999, about growing up in a Chinese/Italian household. His play, Island of the Blue Dolphins at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 1995 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for New Work. James has also garnered two Jeff Citation nominations for his Lifeline adaptations of Dracula and A Wrinkle in Time, which was produced at Lincoln Center Institute in New York. He has received an After Dark Award for The Road to Graceland. His other adaptations include Randy Shilts' Talking AIDS to Death and Daniel Pinkwater's The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, which was also broadcast on WFMT's "Chicago Theatres on the Air".