Bio

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I was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and grew up in Laurens, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia. After studying Anthropology and Classics at the College of Charleston, and an unsuccessful attempt at a graduate school career in the social sciences, and an even more unsuccessful attempt at a musical career in New York, I found himself back in Charlottesville where a nascent art and theater scene was growing in the 1990s. I learned to write plays and comedy sketches as part of Offstage Theatre and Live Arts Theater.

Since then I’ve written more than two dozen short plays that have seen more than fifty productions in Charlottesville, New York, Boston, and beyond. My most popular short works are his ‘Barhoppers’ plays (including Answer Man, Perfect Guy, Tragic Hero, Big Fish Little Fish, Regatta Club Freud, and Haven’t We Met Someplace Before), short comedies set in bars and written to be performed in bars, taverns, pubs, and restaurants. I’ve been Playwright-In-Residence of Third Man Productions in New York. Third Man produced my Barhoppers plays every month at 55 Bar in the West Village for two years, and staged my full-length verse comedy, Shrug Like You Mean It, at the Kraine Theater. My short plays Tragic Hero, Big Fish Little Fish, and Answer Man appeared to rave reviews as part of the United Kingdom’s Bite-Size Plays productions in the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe.

In 2011 I wrote and performed a critically-acclaimed solo show Life Insurance in the New York Fringe and Washington DC’s Capital Fringe Festival.

My full-length play productions include Shrug Like You Mean It, Fortune In Antarctica, Floating Girl, and The Election. Plus I’ve had readings of full-length plays Floating Girl, The Amazing Bruno, Snake Girl, and the Memory Palace of Coney Island, and the unfinished Miraculous.

In addition to  my work as a writer, I’ve served on the staff of the above-mentioned Offstage Theater and Live Arts Theater, and worked with numerous other arts organizations including The Bridge PAI, and the McGuffey Art Center.

With my lovely wife Jennifer and our brand new daughter Ellie, I returned to Charlottesville in 2012  in order to launch Big Blue Door. Through Big Blue Door I teach writing, storytelling, and longform improv.

Contact:

joeljones@joeljones.net

photo by martyn kyle

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