Darryl V. Jones
Darryl V. Jones is a professional actor, singer, and director.
He recently appeared as The Tin Man in the American Conservatory Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Following that he played “The Man” in CROWNS at Center Rep. in Walnut Creek, California. In 2022, Jones co-wrote, directed and performed in Halie! The Mahalia Jackson Musical for Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Jones also served for two years plus as the Acting Artistic Director for Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. He is full Professor Emeritus from Cal State East Bay and specialized in teaching August Wilson and Tennessee Williams scene study classes for several years in the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA Program.
In the spring of 2024, Jones will direct Blue Door by Tanya Barfield for Aurora Theatre Company, in Berkeley, California. In the late summer of 2024, he will direct Choir Boy by Terell Alvin McCraney for Shotgun Players. In 2019, he directed Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames for Shotgun Players and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. And prior to that he directed The Brothers Size for Theatre Rhino. In January of 2020, he directed the SF Bay Area Critics Circle Award winning production of The Devil’s Music; The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith for Center Rep. In 2021, he directed the world premiere and SF Bay Area Critics Circle Award winning production of The Great Kahn by Michael Gene Sullivan for San Francisco Playhouse. In 2018, he directed Detroit 67, by his former student Dominique Morisseau, for the Aurora Theatre Company. In fall 2017, Darryl directed and co-choreographed the Aurora Theatre Company’s production of The Royale winning the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Entire Production-East Bay as well as being nominated for Outstanding Direction.
Other directing credits include, Grapes of Wrath and Balm and Gilead (Outstanding Direction Ann Arbor News) Mud, River, Stone (The Unicorn Theatre) The Minneola Twins
(Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.), Gem of the Ocean (Sacramento Theatre Co.),The Amen Corner (African American Continuum Theatre Company) Spunk (The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Co. and The African Continuum Theatre Co.) and direction/choreography for the world premiere of the opera Dark River, based on the life of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer for the Oakland Opera Co., and on the East Coast a Mt. Holyoke College premiere.
At Cal State University, East Bay Jones directed several premieres of new plays including Follow Me To Nellie’s by Dominique Morisseau and Xtigone by Nambi Kelley, chosen to attend the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His COVID 2020 production of Blood at the Root received numerous regional and national KCACTF honors and awards. Jones has also directed and choreographed musicals such as In The Heights, Chicago, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Oliver, The All Night Strut, Children of Eden, The Wiz and many, many more.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Darryl was Directing Associate at Arena Stage where he directed projects and produced PlayQuest the New Play Development Series. At Arena Stage he also choreographed Candide directed by Doug Wager and Dance of Death directed by Joanne Akilaitis. Jones was also Head of the B.F.A. Directing Concentration at the University of Michigan and Foundation Advisor for their BFA Acting Program for six years.
Darryl is an active member of Actors Equity Association. As a Bay Area performer, He was featured in Word for Word’s Rime of The Ancient Mariner as the Sun. He was TBA Award nominated in 2017 for supporting actor in Theatre Rhino's first production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and he played the role of Alemu in The Call by Tanya Barfield. Other performance credits include, Blues In The Night, Old Globe; Candide, Arena Stage and A Christmas Carol and Joseph and the …Dreamcoat Ford’s Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Darryl has been a featured singer at the White House and performed with Bob Hope for the USO’s 40th anniversary at the Sylvan Theatre in Washington, DC.
Jones holds a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America, and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. He has Meisner Technique certification from instructor Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute. In addition to performing and directing, Jones has composed music for productions and has served as vocal, dialect and music coach.