Jake-ann Jones began her career as a performer, working with writers, composers, and directors including Fred Holland, Butch Morris, Craig Harris, Laurie Carlos, Robbie Mccauley, Greg Tate, Adrienne Kennedy, Shay Youngblood, Diana Amsterdam, Jonathan Rosenberg, Judith Jackson, and The Jones Twins, appearing at venues including the Public Theater, The Ohio Theater, Soho Rep, Aaron Davis Hall, Dixon Place, Company One, and Penumbra Theatre. She played the lead role in Bridgett Davis’ award-winning independent feature Naked Acts and appeared in Christiana Kiang Booth’s award-winning short Norma’s Lament. As a playwright her written works include Portrait of the Artist as a Soul Man Dead (Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul), Under Frank Observation (New York Theater Workshop), Magic Kingdom (New Georges/Hourglass Theater Company), and Black Bitches Brew (Company One, Aaron Davis Hall). Her play Death of a Ho was published in the Theater Communications Group (TCG) anthology PLAYS FROM THE BOOM BOX GALAXY. Most recently her play The Way I Want to be Remembered was part HonorRoll!’s SAY THEIR NAME festival. She co-wrote the Urban World/HBO Film Festival’s Grand Prize-winning screenplay SPOOK CITY with Gabriel Tolliver and was a writer/producer on his Creative Mothership series MONDO BLACK, produced by BlackPublic Media. She is the author of the Civil Rights activist, journalist and press secretary Florence L. Tate biography Sometimes Farmgirls Become Revolutionaries: Notes on Black Power, Black Politics, and the FBI, to be released Spring 2021 by Black Classic Press. She also writes for The Weekly Challenger Newspaper in St. Petersburg, FL.
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I don't think I've ever been an 'art for art's sake' type of creator; I like to delve into issues about the human condition that confuse or bother me.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
A play that discussed the dangers and possibilities of nanotechnology
Harlem, New York; African-American female playwrights; Black women writers; Science Fiction; Dark matter; nanotechnology; soul