Daniel Alexander Jones
Daniel Alexander Jones is an award-winning performance artist, writer and director. His work onstage, on record, and in digital media as his alter-ego, Jomama Jones, include Black Light (Joe’s Pub) Radiate (Soho Rep, and national tour), Night Flowers (JACK), the albums Six Ways Home, Radiate and Lone Star, and a series of annual online New Year’s Messages. His performance pieces and plays include Blood:Shock:Boogie, Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Cab and Lena, and The Book of Daniel. Jones is currently developing Duat, a new evening-length theatre project with director Will Davis. Daniel directed world premiere productions of plays by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, Erik Ehn, Shay Youngblood and Renita Martin, among others. Daniel was named a 2015 Doris Duke Artist; he received the Alpert Award in Theatre, and was a fellow at Occidental College and NYU/Hemispheric Institute. Daniel was an inaugural Creative Capital Artist, and the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and McKnight Foundation, among others, have supported his work. Daniel was a Resident Playwright with New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights’ Center, and has lectured or taught at numerous colleges, universities, theatres and arts organizations nationally. He heads the Playwriting track at Fordham University, where he is an Associate Professor of Theatre. Daniel lives in NYC.
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