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Bill T. Jones

 
Bio:
Bill T. Jones is the recipient of the 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for Excellence in the craft of Choreography for Spring Awakening, the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven, the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Bill T. Jones is the recipient of the 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for Excellence in the craft of Choreography for Spring Awakening, the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven, the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
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[San Francisco (Regional), 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
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[Broadway, 2012]
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[US Tour, 2011]
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[West End, 2010]
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[US Tour, 2010]
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[Broadway, 2009]
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[Off-Broadway, 2008]
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Choreographer
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[Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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Writing

Bookwriter
Conceiver

 

Stage

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Choreographer

[San Francisco (Regional), 2019]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2012]
Choreographer

Director

[US Tour, 2011]
Choreographer

Director

[West End, 2010]
Choreographer

Director

[US Tour, 2010]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 2009]
Choreographer

Director

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Director

Choreographer

Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer

Choreographer

Writing
Bookwriter
Conceiver

Bill T. Jones Biography

Bill T. Jones is the recipient of the 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for Excellence in the craft of Choreography for Spring Awakening, the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven, the 2005 Wexner Prize, the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Harlem Renaissance Award, the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and the 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure." Mr. Jones began his dance training at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY), studying classical ballet and modern dance. He choreographed and performed worldwide as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982.

Creating more than 100 works for his own company, Mr. Jones has also choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Axis Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Diversions Dance Company, among others. In 1995, Mr. Jones directed and performed in a collaborative work with Toni Morrison and Max Roach, Degga, at Alice Tully Hall, commissioned by Lincoln Center's Serious Fun Festival. His collaboration with Jessye Norman, How! Do! We! Do! premiered at New York's City Center in 1999.

In 1990, Mr. Jones choreographed Sir Michael Tippet's New Year under the direction of Sir Peter Hall for the Houston Grand Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He conceived, co-directed and choreographed Mother of Three Sons, which was performed at the Munich Biennale, New York City Opera, and the Houston Grande Opera. He also directed Lost in the Stars for the Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Jones' theater involvement includes co-directing Perfect Courage with Rhodessa Jones for Festival 2000, in 1990. In 1994, he directed Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. In June 2006 Mr. Jones choreographed Spring Awakening, A New Musical with music by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik, directed by Michael Mayer.

Television credits include PBS's "Great Performances" Series (Fever Swamp and Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land) and "Alive from Off Center" (Untitled). Still/Here was co-directed for television by Bill T. Jones and Gretchen Bender. A PBS documentary on the making of Still/Here, by Bill Moyers and David Grubin, "Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers", premiered in 1997. The 1999 Blackside documentary "I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts", profiled Mr. Jones' work. D-Man in the Waters is included in "Free to Dance", a 2001 Emmy winning documentary that chronicles modern dance's African-American roots. In 2004, ARTE France and Bel Air Media produced Bill T. Jones'‚ÄĒSolos, directed by Don Kent.

In 1994, Mr. Jones received a MacArthur "Genius" Award. In 1979, Mr. Jones was granted the Creative Artists Public Service Award in Choreography, and in 1980, 1981, and 1982, he was the recipient of Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bill T. Jones has been awarded several New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awards; 1986 Joyce Theater Season (along with Arnie Zane), D-Man in the Waters (1989 and 2001), The Table Project (2001) and The Breathing Show (2001). Mr. Jones, along with his collaborators Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor received an "Izzy" Award for Perfect Courage in 1990. In 2001, Mr. Jones received another "Izzy" for his work, Fantasy in C-Major, with Axis Dance Company. Mr. Jones was honored with the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award for his innovative contributions to performing arts in 1991. In 1993, Mr. Jones was presented with the Dance Magazine Award. In 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure." Mr. Jones has received honorary doctorates from the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard College, Columbia College, the Juilliard School, Swarthmore College, and the SUNY Binghamton Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 1995, Pantheon Books published Mr. Jones' memoirs, Last Night on Earth. In 1989, Station Hill Press published an in-depth look at the work of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Body Against Body: The Dance and Other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Hyperion Books published Dance, a children's book written by Bill T. Jones and photographer Susan Kuklin, in 1998. Mr. Jones is proud to have contributed to Continuous Replay: The Photographs of Arnie Zane, published by MIT Press in 1999.

Bill T. Jones's interest in new media and digital technology has resulted in two collaborations with the team of Paul Kaiser, Shelley Eshkar and Mark Downey. The first, Ghostcatching - A Virtual Dance Installation, (1999) was produced by and premiered at the Cooper Union in NY. The second, 22 (2004) was the result of a three year development under the auspices of Arizona State University's Institute for Studies In The Arts and Technology in Tempe, AZ, where it premiered.

Bill T. Jones Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Choreography
Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Choreography
Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square
 
Olivier Awards - 2011 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Bill T. Jones , Fela!
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Book of a Musical
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Direction of a Musical
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Choreography
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
The Lortels - 2009 - Outstanding Choreographer Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2007 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
 
Obie Awards - 2007 - Music for choreography Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
 
The Lortels - 2007 - Outstanding Choreographer
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
 
Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Choreograph
Bill T. Jones, Spring Awakening
 
The Lortels - 2006 - Outstanding Choreographer Gold Star
Bill T. Jones, The Seven

Bill T. Jones News

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards Photo SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 16, 2022

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available below.

Park Avenue Armory to Present ARCHER AYMES LOST AND FOUND RETROSPECTIVE: A JUNETEENTH Photo Park Avenue Armory to Present ARCHER AYMES LOST AND FOUND RETROSPECTIVE: A JUNETEENTH EXHIBITION
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 16, 2022

Park Avenue Armory will continue its Making Space Public Programming series with Archer Aymes Lost and Found Retrospective: A Juneteenth Exhibition, Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 3pm to 6pm. Audiences explore the legacy of emancipation through an immersive installation and operatic performance.

Repertory Dance Theatre to Present REGALIA Photo Repertory Dance Theatre to Present REGALIA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Repertory Dance Theatre will celebrate 56 years of revolutionary modern dance with their annual fundraiser and choreographer competition, REGALIA, this May. While initially planned as a hybrid event, the Company will return to a virtual experience this season. 

Christopher Kale Jones & More to Lead World Premiere of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE at C Photo Christopher Kale Jones & More to Lead World Premiere of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Chicago Shakespeare Theater¬†announced¬†the cast and creative team for the world premiere production of¬†It Came From Outer Space, a new musical comedy based on the ‚Äė50s cult classic sci-fi film from¬†Universal Pictures.

2022 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show! Photo 2022 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show!
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

The nominations are in! Below, check out how each show fared individually in BroadwayWorld's list of nominations by show.

A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, PARADISE SQUARE, MJ & More Lead The 2022 Tony Awards Nominat Photo A STRANGE LOOP, COMPANY, PARADISE SQUARE, MJ & More Lead The 2022 Tony Awards Nominations
by Team BWW - May 9, 2022

This year's Tony Awards nominations were announced this morning by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry and here they are, celebrating the best of the 2021-22 theatre season. The 2022 Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022 (8:00 - 11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00 - 8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.

The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesda Photo The Django to Welcome Today's Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, and Hot Latin Tuesday Nights This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

THE DJANGO will bring another month of stellar jazz by some of the field’s heroes alongside young, emerging artists.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO, ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS, and More Take Home 2022 Lucille Lortel A Photo KIMBERLY AKIMBO, ORATORIO FOR LIVING THINGS, and More Take Home 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards; Full List!
by Nicole Rosky - May 1, 2022

The 37th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway will be presented tonight, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at NYU Skirball beginning at 7:00pm EST. Stick with BroadwayWorld tonight as we share LIVE updates of the winners.

Return Engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST With Jade Jones & Evan Ruggiero Announced f Photo Return Engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST With Jade Jones & Evan Ruggiero Announced for Olney Theatre 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

Olney Theatre Center announced its 84th season today, unveiling plans for seven theatrical productions that will serve as the tentpoles for an increasingly diverse slate of cultural offerings.

Dance Rising NYC With Studio 305 And Village Alliance Host A Day Of Dance  At Astor P Photo Dance Rising NYC With Studio 305 And Village Alliance Host A Day Of Dance At Astor Place For International Dance Day
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 28, 2022

Dance Rising NYC continues promoting embodied advocacy for the dance field. In Brooklyn to Harlem for International Dance Day, bringing the dynamic energy of dance to small businesses and public spaces.

Bill T. Jones Videos

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQ VideoVIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQUARE Post-Show Speech
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2022

Paradise Square officially resumed performances last night, April 19, after briefly going dark due to COVID cases within the cast. Joaquina Kalukango gave a speech after last night's performance, where she talked about being grateful to be back on stage.

VIDEO: Tariq Trotter Talks BLACK NO MORE Off-Broadway on FALLON VideoVIDEO: Tariq Trotter Talks BLACK NO MORE Off-Broadway on FALLON
by Michael Major - Feb 1, 2022

Tariq TrotterTariq Trotter returned to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to discuss the new Off-Broadway adaption of Black No More, which he stars in and wrote the music and lyrics for with the Roots. The cast also features Brandon Victor Dixon, Jennifer Damiano, Tamika Lawrence, Ephraim Sykes, Lillias White, and more.

VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE
by BWW Staff - Oct 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to 'I'd Be A Soldier' from Paradise Square -which begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where it opens March 20, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with VideoVIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with FELA!
by Stage Tube - May 26, 2020

It's been over a decade since Fela! first took Broadway by storm, and still, in 2020, its cast is united and making a difference. Oneika Phillips, who starred in the 2012 return engagement, put out a call to her cast mates to come together for the #DontRush Challenge. 'It evolved into an even more meaningful project with layers of celebration such as aligning with the ten-year anniversary of the show's 11 Tony nominations, including Sahr as Fela and Lillias White as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. A decade ago, we were at the height of breaking ceilings and blowing minds on Broadway,' writes Phillips.

VIDEO: Watch Opera Philadelphia's Full Production of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED - Streamin VideoVIDEO: Watch Opera Philadelphia's Full Production of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED - Streaming Now!
by Stage Tube - May 11, 2020

Opera Philadelphia is now streaming its production of We Shall Not Be Moved!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Alan Henry - Jan 17, 2019

Check out all new video from Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Alan Henry - Dec 26, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Alan Henry - Dec 21, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie VideoVIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie
by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2018

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

VIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck VideoVIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck
by Alan Henry - Jun 29, 2018

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.


Bill T. Jones Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Bill T. Jones written?
Bill T. Jones has written 1 shows including Fela! (Bookwriter).

What awards has Bill T. Jones been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Paradise Square , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Paradise Square , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Fela! , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fela! , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fela! , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Fela! , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fela! , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Fela! , Outstanding Choreographer (The Lortels) for Fela! , Best Choreography (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Spring Awakening , Music for choreography (Obie Awards) for Spring Awakening , Outstanding Choreographer (The Lortels) for Spring Awakening , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Spring Awakening Outstanding Choreograph (Drama Desk Awards) for Spring Awakening and Outstanding Choreographer (The Lortels) for The Seven .

What awards has Bill T. Jones won?
Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fela!, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Fela!, Outstanding Choreographer (The Lortels) for Fela! , Best Choreography (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Spring Awakening, Music for choreography (Obie Awards) for Spring Awakening Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Spring Awakeningand Outstanding Choreographer (The Lortels) for The Seven.