Daniel Alexander Jones

Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015

New York, NY

Interdisciplinary artist Daniel Alexander Jones creates multi-dimensional theatre where the body, mind, emotions, voice, and spirit conjoin, shimmer, and heal. Lately, he has been creating works for his alter-ego, Jomama Jones, in collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson: Night Flowers (2014) at NYC's JACK, featured Jomama with a new musical guest each night; Bright Now Beyond (2014), a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz, premiered at Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater; and the concert/performance Radiate (2011) played to acclaim at Soho Rep and is touring nationally. Among his many honors are multiple MAP Fund grants, an Alpert Award in the Arts (2006), and fellowships from the Jerome, McKnight, and Howard Foundations. He currently serves as the Head of the Playwriting Program at Fordham University.

  • Photo Credit: Hatnim Lee
    Daniel Alexander Jones
  • Daniel Alexander Jones- "Haven," from Flowering: https://soundcloud.com/daniel-alexander-jones/jomama-jones-haven
    "Haven," from Flowering
  • Daniel Alexander Jones- Radiate (Soho Rep, 2011): /33427710
    Radiate (Soho Rep, 2011)
  • Jomama Jones's annual New Year's Message (2015)
  • Photo Credit: Craig Bailey
    Jomama Jones in RADIATE (2011)

What fuels your impulse to make creative work?

The 13th Negative Confession of Ma’at states: “The flowers that grew wild, I let grow.” What we imagine collectively becomes our reality; therefore, I create to contribute to the liberation of individuals and communities from caging narratives and semiotic systems dedicated to enslaving imagination and homogenizing experience. I am committed to expansive modes of expression and participation for artists and audiences. This includes what stories we tell and how we tell them. I work at the crossroads of a pulsing now, where rigor meets risk, kinfolk meet new faces, and future possibilities shout back to past joys and regrets. Wild flowers preceded me; I know my work as a continuance of theirs. We are capable of freedom and responsibility; we must practice both. Sounding the “we” in the “I,” and the “I” in the “we” throughout, I daily take up the mantle of a transgressive tradition and aim to cultivate wildly.