Called "a master of the genre" by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer. She is best known for her critically-acclaimed, multi-character solo shows, including her Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, which was originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current hit show Sell/Buy/Date which had its world premiere in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
The daughter of two physicians and the product of a multi-racial family and community, Sarah was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, honing her sense of empathy for people from all backgrounds and the diverse voices that characterize her work.
Sarah first began as a spoken-word performer at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. There she developed her first show, Surface Transit, which was later presented at The American Place Theatre and PS122 and garnered her first critical acclaim. Her next piece, Women Can’t Wait! was commissioned by The Ford Foundation and human rights group Equality Now to address laws discriminating against women and girls. A subsequent commission by The Ford Foundation and the National Immigration Forum yielded the piece that became the basis for Bridge & Tunnel, which ran off-broadway at The Culture Project in 2004 and on Broadway in 20006. In the interim, Sarah was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to write an educational piece entitled A Right to Care, which tackled themes of inequality in health, and which premiered alongside keynote speaker President Jimmy Carter at WKKF’s 75th Anniversary Conference. She has also taught and performed at dozens of colleges and universities and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
In addition to residencies from The MacDowell Colony, The Corporation of Yaddo, Civitella Rainieri, and Hedgebrook, Sarah has received numerous grants, commissions, and theater honors including a Drama League Award, a Helen Hayes Award, two Drama Desk nominations, a Lucille Lortel nomination, an Outer Critics Circle nomination, and HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival’s Best One Person Show Award, as well as an NYCLU Calloway Award in recognition of Sarah as the first artist in history to sue the Federal Communications Commission for censorship. The lawsuit resulted in reversal of the censorship ruling, which had targeted her hip-hop poem recording, “Your Revolution.”
Renowned as “a one woman global village”, she has also given multiple main-stage "TEDtalks" garnering millions of views, performed at The White House and United State of Women Summit at the invitation of the President and First Lady, and has given an historic performance at The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Sarah is also a long-standing advocate for the empowerment of women and girls and is known for her humanitarian activism, including her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador performing for audiences around the world.
Sarah is currently developing multimedia projects based on her characters including launching an upcoming podcast for PRI. Learn more about Sarah’s ongoing projects at www.sarahjonesonline.com or via social media at @jonesarah on Twitter and @xosarahjones on Instagram and Facebook.