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Daniel Alexander Jones

Fall 2011 
Institute Fellow
New York, NY 

Daniel Alexander Jones
photo credit: Hatnim Lee

BIO

Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. An award-winning performer, writer and director, Jones was named by American Theatre Magazine "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths,  Phoenix  Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood: Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and  Lena) and devised collaborative work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels). He has directed world premieres of plays by celebrated writers Institute Fellow, E. Patrick Johnson, Erik Ehn, Shay Youngblood and Renita Martin among others.  Daniel's "altar-ego" Jomama Jones, called "a true theatrical original" by Backstage Magazine, is at the center of his current multi-platform project -  in collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Jomama Jones has released the CDs Lone Star and Radiate on the Aries Records imprint; has performed in concert at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space; and sold out a theatrical run of her critically acclaimed show Radiate at Soho Rep, directed by Kym Moore, which was a New York Times and Backstage Critics' Pick. Jomama Jones is a project of the Creative Capital Foundation. RADIATE received developmental support from the MAP Fund and premiered through collaboration between Soho Rep and New Dramatists' Full Stage Program.

Daniel completed an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies at  Vassar   College and a graduate degree in Theatre at Brown University.  He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and has also taught in the MFA programs at both the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College.  Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, has received support from the MAP Fund, the Howard Foundation and the NEA/TCG.  He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center; a national company member of Pillsbury House Theatre. Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his body of work. 

PROJECT

As the live performance cornerstone of his Fellowship at the Institute, Jones will present three special performances of JOMAMA JONES * RADIATE in an April 2012 Chicago debut at Victory Gardens Theater with musical collaborator Bobby Halvorson. The sold out theatrical run of the critically acclaimed *RADIATE* at Soho Rep was a New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Pick. During his Fellowship, Jones will also work towards development of a multi-platform, interactive media format for Jomama Jones’ next recorded musical project.

Interviewed by Windy City Times, Jones shares the inner workings of the "diva-swami" entertainer, Jomama Jones. Read the article here!

View the e-booklet for Jomama Jones latest EP, Six Ways Home