"I make theatre to create a ritualized context for the experience of radical empathy. I make theatre to "bring the jazz." I mirror the bleed that occurs when I crack open a binary way of seeing a person, a charged event, or an accepted cultural or historical truth to reveal the slippery marrow. I abhor the movement to simplify, quantify and reduce the complex beauty of life— I cherish laughter, the silences in conversation, the unspoken longings between bodies, and the literal experience of breath in live art. I have profound respect for my art form, yet its increasing homogeneity and sometimes elitist stance trouble me greatly. I'm led to be an agent of transformation. I intend to keep questions spinning at this time when the answers are dropping to the ground in pools of wax and feathers. Look for me in the spaces between…"

An interdisciplinary artist—playwright, performer and director—rooted in the Black Avant-Garde theatre movement, Daniel Alexander Jones creates gestural language, ritual movement and original music in the service of a multi-dimensioned theatre where the body, mind, emotions, voice, and spirit conjoin, shimmer, and heal. Enlivened by collaborative process, Jones works with visual artists, poets, jazz musicians and DJs. He has invited other theatre artists, including Robbie McCauley and Erik Ehn, to contribute to his evolving performed 'autobiography'—The Book of Daniel—based on an image, a sliver of text and a song. In his plays and other solo performance works, he has imagined comic book heroes (a boy becomes the moon to save himself), Josephine Baker, Ancient Egyptian mythology, an oneiric doll factory and Marian Anderson astrally projected into the sky. One writer notes, "Jones' pen is full of fire and declaration." Moved by silenced histories, informed by acts of survival and transcendence, Jones creates his own language and, doing so, finds his own way home.

Born 1970, Springfield, Massachusetts
Lives in Austin, Texas

1993 M.A., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
1991 B.A., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Plays and Performances
2001-06 Phoenix Fabrik, Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2002-06 The Book of Daniel, Allgo Center for African & African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
2000-04 Bel Canto, Theater Offensive, Boston, Massachusetts; Actors’ Express, Atlanta, Georgia; Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2000-01 Cab and Lena (w/Grisha Coleman,) Green Room, Manchester, United Kingdom;
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, United Kingdom
1998 Ambient Love Rites, Frank Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas
1997 Clayangels, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas; New World Theatre, Amherst, Massachusetts
1996 Blood:Shock:Boogie, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas; Theater Offensive, Boston, Massachusetts; Outward Spiral Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1994 Earthbirths, Jazz and Raven’s Wings, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas

Direction (Premieres)
2003 Evidence of Silence Broken by Zell Miller III, Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2000 Five Bottles in a Six Pack by Renita Martin, Solo Stage Boston, Theater Offensive,
Boston, Massachusetts
1999 Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling by Erik Ehn, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas
1995 Black Power Barbie by Shay Youngblood, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Austin, Texas

2005 Rockefeller MAP Grant
2004- Associate Artist, Pillsbury House Theatre
2003- Member, New Dramatists
2003 Rockefeller MAP Grant
2002 Howard Foundation Playwriting Fellowship
2000 NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant
1999 Creative Capital Foundation Award
1995-01 Company Member, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre
1994-96 Company Member, Penumbra Theatre Company
1995 Jerome Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights’ Center
1994 Many Voices Playwriting Fellowship, Playwrights’ Center

2004- Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Texas at Austin
2003- Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Program, Goddard College
2002 Theatre Arts and Dance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology