Director; School of the Arts
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B.F.A. University of Florida
M.F.A. University of Virginia
Certificate of Playwriting, Harvard University
Jones is currently playwright-in-residence and the Rosenthal Endowed Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Florida, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and continued on to graduate in Playwriting from the American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Jones participated in the Warner Bros. Television Writer’s Workshop and went to serve as the head writer for development of animation, television and film for Lightpoint Entertainment at Disney/MGM Studios. Jones began his playwriting career with a production of his play, A RED EAGLE FALLING, produced at the Writer’s Theatre in 1986 by the Project III Ensemble. This was followed by the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of his play, DARKSIDE, which was chosen as TIME Magazine’s Critic Choice. DARKSIDE was also awarded the Delauney Playwriting Award, the Denver Prima facie Award, and the POST-Corbett Award. Jones has had over 400 productions of his 27 produced plays, with 8 published, and listings in several anthologies and monologue books. He has received a Telly Award, a Communicator’s Award, and the Post-Corbett award for Best Literary Artist, the Dupont Fellowship, the Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre Award, the Kentucky Playwright’s Award, several Acclaim Awards and an Emmy nomination.
His acting credits include performances at the American Repertory Theatre, the Hasty Pudding Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Cincinnati Children's Theatre, as well as roles in television and film. He has directed many shows at Northern, such as: Working, Urinetown, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wild Women of Planet Wongo, Scapino, Pippin, Lysistrata, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cyrano de Bergerac. He also directed the Commonwealth Theatre Company's MAN OF LA MANCHA, that toured to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania. His original works have been produced by NKU and represented at 3 Regional Finals of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2005, he co authored the new musical BURGERTOWN with Christine Jones and Jamey Strawn. This show premiered at NKU Summer Dinner Theatre and then toured to THEATRE BUILDING CHICAGO. His play, LINCOLN: UPON THE ALTAR OF FREEDOM, was performed at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City, Indiana, and was endorsed by the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Jones is an active member of the Dramatist Guild.