Daniel Alexander Jones

Daniel Alexander Jones is a performance artist, writer and director. American Theatre Magazine named him “one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come.” His unconventional body of work includes the plays Bel Canto, Earthbirths and Phoenix Fabrik, and the performance pieces Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, and Cab and Lena.

In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his “altar-ego” Jomama Jones has released three albums and performed Jomama Jones*Radiate to critical acclaim at Soho Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre and Victory Gardens among other National venues. Jones and Halvorson premiered Bright Now Beyond, adapted from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum, directed by Will Davis, at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin in 2014.  He directed world premieres of plays by writers including Shay Youngblood, E. Patrick Johnson, Renita Martin and Erik Ehn.  He has performed across the US and internationally.

Daniel holds a degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University.  He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and was on faculty in MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. He has led workshops at CalArts, Whitman College and the Kennedy Center, among other places.  Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, a five-time MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient.  He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and the Playwrights’ Center, and recently held Fellowships at Occidental College, and with the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute at Columbia College, Chicago. Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his dynamic body of work.