James Wirt was raised in Houston, worked on an oil rig during the summers before moving to New York where he began his training at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He starred opposite Julie Stiles in the off-Broadway play PHOENIX at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Also, acted in John Strasberg's Accidental Repertory Theatre Company. James' theatrical highlights include: , Staged reading of Collateral Damage opposite Academy Award Winner William Hurt, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, Adams' Apples, Saturn Return, Closer, The Acting Lesson, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida. James garnered critical acclaim during the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival for his gripping turn as an artist, in Billy Bates.