Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. He has dissolved boundaries and explored radical presence for over 20 years through his dynamic, interdisciplinary practice. His body of work is unified by its consistent regard for human complexity, its commitment to kindness and generosity at its core, and by its faith in the power of live art to foster empathic communication. Jones's work is best described as Afromysticism. He is a significant contributor to the development of The Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic, Jones employs collaboration, risk and spontaneity in the crafting and presentation of his work.
Performing as his alter-ego Jomama Jones, Daniel tours the show, Radiate, created in collaboration with Dr. Bobby Halvorson. Radiate, which premiered at Soho Rep, has played in Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles and Boston and was a critics’ pick of the New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker and Time Out Chicago, among others; was named on Hilton Als’s Best Of 2011 List for the New Yorker; and won a 2014 Austin Critics’ Table Award for best touring production. Jomama Jones has performed in concert at Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, JACK, and Los Globos in LA. On the Aries Records imprint, Jomama Jones has released three CDs of original music, Lone Star, Radiate and Six Ways Home and a fourth album, Flowering, to be released January 1, 2017. Daniel’s essay about the project, “The Radiant Desire of Jomama Jones” is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of TDR.
Daniel’s plays include Phantasmatron, Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Hera Bright, and Earthbirths, Jazz and Raven’s Wings. His performance pieces include Blood:Shock:Boogie, Clayangels, Cab and Lena, Qualities of Light, and the ongoing, long-form project, The Book of Daniel, which, thus far, has eight evening-length chapters.
Daniel Alexander Jones directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of E. Patrick Johnson’s solo performance project, Sweet Tea, in Chicago. He has directed world premiere plays and performance pieces by Erik Ehn, Renita Martin, Shay Youngblood and Amparo Garcia-Crow, among others; and is currently developing, Relativity, a new solo project written and performed by Rhonda Ross.
Daniel was named a recipient of the United States Artist Fellowship in Theatre in 2016, and the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2015. Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts. He was an inaugural Creative Capital Artist. He has been the lead artist on five projects supported by the MAP Fund. Jones’s work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. He is an inaugural Mellon Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington; he was a Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute at NYU; and a Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute at Columbia College, Chicago. He was named the 2014 Hume Fellow in the Arts at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Daniel’s writing is anthologized in volumes published by Redbone Press, Callaloo/Johns Hopkins University Press, Brown University, and The University of Texas Press. Daniel Alexander Jones is one of three artists profiled in the forthcoming first book-length exploration of the theatrical jazz aesthetic, Jazz, Aşe, and the Power of the Present Moment, by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones.
Daniel Alexander Jones teaches creative writing and performance workshops across the country at theatres, universities and at arts institutions and community centers. He has traveled widely as a part of Creative Capital’s national Professional Development Program for Artists since 2003. Daniel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham University and previously served on the Faculty in the Theatre and Dance Department at The University of Texas at Austin, the Theatre Program at MIT, and both the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs at Goddard College.
Jones holds an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and attended Public Schools there, graduating in Central High's first Class ('though his heart is always with Classical High).
Daniel Alexander Jones is based in New York City.