Theater Artist and Performer Bronx, NY
2016 USA Fellow
This award is generously supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. _
Daniel Alexander Jones has cultivated a wildflower body of work since beginning his career in 1993. His performance art pieces, plays, music theatre works, and recordings reflect his deep curiosity, iconoclasm, and abiding interest in the liberatory power of intimacy and unguarded presence. Rooted in the arts of the Black American Avant-Garde, Jones explores concepts of the afromystical in theory and practice.Daniel’s work includes Phoenix Fabrik, Blood:Shock:Boogie, and Bel Canto; the musical, Bright Now Beyond, created with composer Bobby Halvorson and director Will Davis; and the multi-chapter series of solo autobiographical performances, The Book of Daniel created with musician Walter Kitundu, and director Tea Alagić. Duat, also directed by Davis, premiered in 2016 at Soho Rep to critical acclaim. As his performance alter-ego, Jomama Jones, he has released four albums, and performed across the country in the theatrical concert shows Radiate, and Black Light.Daniel received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist award in 2015, in recognition of his risk-taking practice. He was an inaugural Creative Capital Artist, an Alpert Award recipient, and a recent ArtMatters grantee. He is an Associate Professor of theatre at Fordham University. Daniel is a proud alumnus of New Dramatists and the Playwrights’ Center.