Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay, Theatre – playwriting, Literature – nonfiction

Catherine Jones

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay, Theatre – playwriting, Literature – nonfiction
Region: Ojai, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1979, 1981

Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in depth psychology and archetypal mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. After playing major roles in more than 50 plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler, and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Thirteen of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical), The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), and What Story Are You Living? are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Her latest publication is Freud’s Oracle, a one-woman play that has had three productions to date. She leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing, workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Asia. She continues to work as she has online courses, blog, workshop schedule, keynote talks, and writing consultant services.



Catherine Jones worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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