Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Sarah Jones

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York
MacDowell fellowships: Summer 2011, Summer 2013

Sarah Jones is a Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer. She is perhaps best known to theater audiences for her multi-character, one-person show Bridge & Tunnel, which was originally produced by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and became a critically acclaimed hit on Broadway. Jones is also known to many for her popular TEDtalks given at the world renowned annual TED conference, which have more than 2 million views, and she was recently invited to The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland where she was honored to be the first artist to perform on a stage normally reserved for Heads of State and captains of industry. She is currently completing her new one-woman show, Sell/Buy/Date, which tackles issues of human trafficking and the sex trade, and is a commission for the NoVo Foundation.

Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times and described by The New Yorker as a “multicultural mynah bird who lays our nation before us with gorgeous, pitch-perfect impersonations of the rarely heard or dramatized,” Jones and her work are known for their humanitarian approach to character and story through the lens of multiculturalism, both in the U.S. and globally.



Sarah Jones worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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