Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James A. Pierce, III is an Audelco Award Winning Actor, Singer, Dancer. He's a classically trained singer and dancer . He attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts(CAPA) and began his classical dance training at the age of 15, studying Ballet at Wissahickon Dance Academy.
After graduating high school, he moved to New York City to attend Fordham University as a Dance Performance Major . In 2003, Pierce performed as a Principal Dancer with the Santa Fe Opera before returning to NYC to apprentice, perform and tour with Complexions Contemporary Ballet while continuing his studies at Fordham University. During his senior year he joined the second company (Ailey 2)of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Upon completing his two years with Ailey 2, Pierce went on to perform with Ballet Hispanico, BalletMet Columbus, and Martha Graham Dance Company.
He was also in Papermill Playhouse "On The Town", then joined the Broadway company of the "Lion King" shortly afterwards. He also took time off to perform in the World Premiere musical "Little Dancer" at the Kennedy Center in 2014. A few years later he left The Lion King to open and close the Broadway premiere of Anastasia. Pierce is also working on the world premiere of "A Wonderful World", a new musical that chronicles the life and music of Louis Armstrong.