Theater of the Harlem Renaissance
With Carl Cofield & Ty Jones
The Harlem Renaissance began in the 1910s and quickly became one of the most important social and cultural movements in the United States, resulting in an explosion of Black art, literature, poetry, music, and theatrical performance. During this period, history saw an evolution of Black Nationalism and expression, greatly influenced by Black performance. Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem and director of Miami New Drama’s One Night in Miami, Carl Cofield, and OBIE Award winning actor, Ty Jones, join us for a discussion of this turning point in American history and the development of theater in 20th century Harlem.
Is a New York based director, actor and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He directed the award winning world premiere of One Night In Miami(Huffington Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater and the Denver Center Theatre, for which, he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P award for Best Director. Twelfth Night for Yale Rep, Radio Golf for Everyman, Disgraced for The Denver Center and Henry IV part 2 for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Raisin In the Sun for Two River Theater Company, The Mountaintop for Cleveland Play House. NYC directing credits include: The Bacchae and Antigone for the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the 50th anniversary of Dutchman for the Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre, The Tempest, Macbeth for Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Balcony (The New School), Better Than Yellow for 48 Hours In Harlem, The Seven by Will Power at the Connelly Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for N.Y.U, 1001, for Columbia University, The Tuskegee Airman Project for CUNY York College. He assisted Molly Smith in the world premiere of Camp David by Laurence Wright at Arena Stage. He directed the reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter at the Carter Center retreat in Vail, Colorado. He also assisted Kent Gash on Langston In Harlem at Urban Stages.
As an actor, his work has been seen at The Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman, Actors Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, The McCarter, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre and many others.
Teaching: New York University and Columbia University Education: M.F.A. Columbia
NAACP and OBIE Award Winner, Ty Jones is the Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH). He is a 2013 recipient of the Council of the City of New York Proclamation Award. His role with CTH since 2003 has included: actor, producer, managing director, development director and board chair. Under Jones’ leadership, the company has developed a template whose core of financial discipline, precision marketing, and exceptional programming, has resulted in CTH’s growth and stability. Mr. Jones initiated Uptown Meets Downtown, a program comprising strategic partnerships with downtown theatres designed to share production costs and build artistic bridges between communities. He also led the inaugural Uptown Shakespeare in the Park, bringing free, outdoor, professional theatre to Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for an extended run.
He is a veteran of 5 Broadway shows: Lt. Byers in Judgment at Nuremberg; the Tony Award-winning production of Henry IV with Ethan Hawke and Kevin Kline; Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, ENRON and most recently The Great Society. He won an OBIE Award for his portrayal of Archibald in the revival of the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production, The Blacks: A Clown Show. For CTH, Ty has received the Best Actor award and AUDELCO Nominations for his performances in Macbeth, Trojan Women, and Romeo and Juliet.
Principal film roles include his work in When They See Us, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Annie, Tower Heist, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Redacted. He has been seen in a number of episodics such as Chicago PD, Madam Secretary, Blacklist and most recently starred as Special Agent Jerry Donavan on POWER, the number one show on the Starz cable network.
As a writer, Jones’ play Emancipation: Chronicles of the Nat Turner Rebellion, preceded the screenplay of the same title, that was selected as a finalist in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, was endorsed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, received Honorable Merit from the Writer Digest Screenwriters Association, and won the San Francisco Black Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.
Mr. Jones received his M.F.A. from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program, where he was the recipient of the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement Award as an alumni, and was named “One of 25 to Watch” in TIME OUT magazine.