Ozzie Jones is the Founder and Artistic director of the Rhythm One Company, whose focus is training, artistic development, and new work and new artists. He is also the Artistic director and cofounder of The Well Productions whose focus is music, film, and television production. The Well’s latest production was My Block is Crazy, a documentary film about violence and youth. The documentary was produced in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office and is now being developed into a reality show. He is the director of The Shipley School Middle School Performing Arts program.
Mr. Jones has been a writer, director of stage and film, a composer, and performer throughout the United States and Europe since 1992. HE has been the Artistic Director of Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden New Jersey, winning the Hal Prince Best Director of a Musical Barrymore Award for directing Black Nativity. He was the first African American to direct a play in Ireland in the history of the Republic for a production of Othello, which the Irish Times called “the most creative and innovative production of Shakespeare seen in Ireland in decades.”
He was a member of the first Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab of America’s top one hundred young American stage directors. Mr. Jones co -wrote and performed in the Bessie Award winning, Olivier award nominated Rome and Jewels for Rennie Harris Pure Movement. Mr. Jones has directed or performed with Patti Labelle, Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, William Pope.L, Walter Dallas, Sonja Sanchez, Jill Scott, Guy Davis, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Schooly D, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, etc… He co composed the music for the Television show Animal Planet. Produced, wrote, and performed records for one Little Indian and Late Nite Loungin’ records in London and Brighton England.
Currently Mr. Jones developed and directed staged readings of his new plays, Chasin’ the Bird at Penumbra Theater in Saint Paul Minnesota and an African Continuum production of Kind of Blue at Arena Stage in DC/ Both of these new works are a part of a larger series of plays on Jazz called, The Real Book.