Linda Jones | The Details
Linda Jones, actor, writer, runner, reader, lover of cats & dogs...
Linda Jones, actor, writer, runner, reader, lover of cats & dogs...
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The Details

THE BASIC BIOGRAPHY

Linda Jones is an NYC actor with a “cracked wit” and a passion for words and language. She works in new plays, old plays, film, tv and voice over, and has been known to don a cocktail dress, cradle a martini and belt out ballads in a cabaret act in venues around NYC. A leading lady by type, she’s also been known to play old women, teenage girls, men, boys, fairies, gods and pirates. (There was an Energenius in there too – guess what that is and she will buy you a drink and sing you a song.) With dozens of premieres under her belt (New York, West Coast, US and World), she loves nothing more than to work on new plays by exceptional writers. She also does classics. She spent several years as a lead artist with Crowded Fire, an award-winning, nationally recognized San Francisco theatre company, where she was happily named by one reviewer as, “…an indispensable actor of exceptional power, nuance and range.” (Brad Rosenstein, SF Bay Guardian).

Award-winning work includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and Charles Mee’s Trojan Women: A Love Story. And generous critics have called her “nuanced,” (EDGE NYC), “deep” (NY Cool), “fierce” (OnOffOff), “sharp and hilarious” (New Theatre Corps), “ever-versatile” (Backstage West), “excellent” (SF Bay Guardian), “magical” (Contra Costa Times), “inspired, touching and comic” (SF Chronicle), “mesmerizing” (Sacramento News & Review), “completely focused and faultless… hilarious” (Sacramento Press-Tribune), “[an actor with] a quality of inner light – rare, radiant and indefinable” (Ithaca Journal).

Born and bred Concord, Massachusetts (she learned to swim in Walden Pond!), her escapades have taken her across the country, with years spent in upstate NY (she is honored to hold a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College), Chicago and San Francisco. It’s been just over a decade since she hopped in her little convertible, waved good-bye to California, and drove cross-country, Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ blaring from the speakers as she crossed the Nevada desert. And, though she looks back fondly – she’s glad to be a New Yorker.

She is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. In addition to performing, she also sometimes coaches voice, speech, dialects and voice over for actors in NYC.

Other details? She prefers her whisky neat and her coffee black. She loves dive bars and diners, thunderstorms and snow days. And road trips. And though she tried being a blonde for a few years, she discovered she actually has more fun as a brunette. She has been known to run marathons – three to be exact – and she’s looking forward to running a fourth very soon. She lives with writer John C. Foster, their dog Coraline, and an apartment filled-to-bursting, floor-to-ceiling, corner-to-absolute-corner with books.

SOME RIDICULOUSLY GOOD PRESS…

…DOUBLE VISION

by Barbara Blumenthal Ehrlich (World Premiere)
Don’t Tell Miami/NYC Fringe
(**** four stars, Time Out New York)

“The neighbor, played smartly by Linda Jones, is an appealing mix of control and nuttiness. She has a refreshing energy and brand of cheer.”
~Rob Lester, EDGE New York City

“As Celia, Linda Jones gives a nuanced performance…”
~William S. Gooch, New York Cool

“Linda Jones gives the whimsical Celia great depth…”
~Victor Gluck, Theatre Scene

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

by William Shakespeare
HoNkBarK! Theatre Company
Vital Theatre

“Ms. Jones makes for a fierce Lysander.”
~Hannah Snyder-Beck, OnOffOff

“In her gender bending role, Jones acting is sharp and hilarious and is the highlight of the production.”
~Eric Miles Glover, New Theatre Corps

THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY

by Charles L. Mee (West Coast Premiere)
Crowded Fire Theatre Company
(Upstage/Downstage Award, Outstanding Performance)

“Things start to cook…with Linda Jones’ excellent turn as an unhinged Andromache.”
~Brad Rosenstein, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Linda Jones’ Andromache looks harrowed and haunted.”
~Joe Mader, San Francisco Examiner

“Linda Jones’ post-traumatic sex-and-etiquette-obsessed Andromache delivers some sharp moments…”
~Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“Linda Jones delivers a strong soliloquy as the musing, half-crazed Andromache, holding a Raggedy Andy doll. ‘I remember there were Friday night dances at the golf club,’ she says lightly, before lapsing into a fugue about being a faithful wife.”
~Michael Scott Moore, San Francisco Weekly

THE REAL THING

by Tom Stoppard
Center Repertory Theatre
(Shellie Award nomination, Outstanding Performance)

“Seer and Jones are absolutely magical together, and when they get rolling in a scene, sparks fly.”
~Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

“The principle actors, Richard Seer as Henry and Linda Jones as Annie, could hardly be better.”
~Robert Lee Hall, Piedmont Post

TOP GIRLS

by Caryl Churchill
Crowded Fire Theatre Company

“Linda Jones, as Marlene, emerges as the company’s major player, an indispensable actor of exceptional power, nuance and range.”
~Brad Rosenstein, San Francisco Bay Guardian

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Center Repertory Theatre

“…And then there’s Jones’ deft turn as Maggie, the secretary who falls in love with the local newspaperman and aspiring playwright. …When she gets caught scheming to chase a rival out of town, Jones goes so still and small she almost vanishes into the wallpaper. It’s an inspired and touching comic moment.”
~Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

A-A-AMERICA!

by Edward Bond (US Premiere)
Crowded Fire Theatre Company

“Jones is downright chilling as ‘the devil out the smokey pit’”
~Chad Jones, Oakland Tribune

“The cast is both funny and frightening, with special credit going to the ever-versatile Linda Jones.”
~Jean Schiffman, Backstage West

“A committed performance from Linda Jones, as the sinister, coil-voiced Grandmother.”
~Michael Scott Moore, San Francisco Weekly

MRS. CALIFORNIA

by Doris Baizley
River Stage

“The standout performance is Linda Jones as Mrs. San Bernardino. She is mesmerizing to watch.”
~Patti Roberts, Sacramento News & Review

“Linda Jones as Mrs. San Bernardino is completely focused and faultless. Without uttering a word, Jones can induce laughter…she is hilarious.”
~Diane Bartlett, Sacramento Press-Tribune

THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE & BOO

by Christopher Durang
Eternity’s Well Productions

“Only Linda Jones, as Bette’s hypersensitive sister Emily, provides the degree of character development this play demands. …Because she makes this crucial character increasingly real, Emily’s final benediction does provide the family with its first genuine sense of peace.”
~Diana Spinrad, Chicago Reader

Resumes

NYC

Honor Student (workshop)

Naomi

dir. John Howard Swain

Playwrights First

167 Tongues

Irene

dir. Ari Laura Kreith

Jackson Rep/Theatre 167

…Double Vision

Celia

dir. Ari Laura Kreith

Don’t Say Miami/NYC Intl’ Fringe

The Country Wife

Alithea

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/Vital Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lysander

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/Vital Theatre

Shiloh Rules

Cecilia (u/s, 2 perf)

dir. Michaela Goldhaber

Flying Fig Theatre Company

Priscilla

Gerdy

dir. Robert Zick

New World Theatre

Regional

Moon Over Buffalo

Rosalind

dir. Amy Gonzales

TheatreWorks Palo Alto

Book of Days

Ruth/LouAnn (u/s)

dir. Robert Kelly

TheatreWorks Palo Alto

House of Mirth

Servant

dir. Giles Havergal

American Conservatory Theatrre (ACT)

The Oresteia

Cassandra/Athena (u/s)

dirs. Tony Taccone, Steven Wadsworth

Berkeley Rep

Julius Caesar

Marc Antony

dir. Hector Correa

SF Shakespeare Festival

Cymbeline

Imogen

dir. Ken Kelleher

Shakespeare at Stinson

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Puck

dir. Julian Lopez-Morillas

Shakespeare at Stinson

The Real Thing*

Annie

dir. David Hay

Center Repertory Theatre

Man Who Came to Dinner

Maggie

dir. Rick Seer

Center Repertory Theatre

One Big Lie

Lu-Lu, God of Lies

dir. Rebecca Novick

Crowded Fire Theatre

The Train Play

Scientist

dir. Rob Melrose

Crowded Fire Theatre

A-A-America!

Grandma Faust

dir. Christine Young

Crowded Fire Theatre

Top Girls

Marlene

dir. Rebecca Novick

Crowded Fire Theatre

49 Miles

Various

dir. Rebecca Novick

Crowded Fire Theatre

Trojan Women: A Love Story**

Andromache

dir. Rebecca Novick

Crowded Fire Theatre

*Shellie Award nomination—Outstanding Female Performance

**Upstage/Downstage Award—Outstanding Female Performance

Cabaret

Bitter Songs for Bitter People

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/The Duplex NYC

Faster, Pussycat! Sing! Sing!

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/Don’t Tell Mama

Bump in the Night

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/The Duplex NYC

B*tches in Heat

dir. John Ficarra

HoNkBarK!/The Duplex NYC

Film

Ike Interviews God

Lead

dir. Eli Shapiro

NYU Films

Art=Love(2)

Supporting

dir. Mumtaz Hussain

DYK Films

Mulholland Drive Support Group

Lead

dirs. Robert C. Barker, Prince Gomolvilas

roomfive productions

Saloon Song

Supporting

dir. John Hamilton

Home Boy Liquors

Less Miserables

Lead

dir. Justin Lomba

Top of the Slide

Uncommon

Lead

dir. John Howard Swain

Full Circle Productions

Acceptance

Lead

dir. David Weiner

ICB Productions

Sex by Numbers

Lead

dir. David Weiner

ICB Productions

Television

What Would You Do?

Parallel Parker from Hell

dir. Clem Taylor

ABC Primetime

What Would You Do?

Supermarket Mom from Hell

dir. Clem Taylor

ABC Primetime

Corporate Video

Oracle

Lead

dir. in-house

Oracle Corporation

HP Systems

Lead

dir. Tom Galt

Playback Media

Diversity

Lead

dir. Mark Romo

Playback Media

Equity in Education

Lead

dir. Matthew Abourczk

Axis Video Productions

Corporate/Industrial

American Express

Corporate Training Narration—various programs

Disney

Disney Institute Sponsorship Narration

Dow Chemical

Technology Launch Narration

Clairol

Instructional Narration

Kramer Levin

Diversity Training Narration

Mercer

Corporate Training Narration—various programs

Modulus Financial Engineering

Investment Training Narration

Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH)

Corporate Tribute Narration

Thomson Reuters

Corporate Compliance Narration

Film

Ike Interviews God

God

NYU Films

IBM – Smarter Cities

Documentary Narrator

Wide Iris

The Innocence Project

Documentary Narrator

Wide Iris

YWCA—In the Company of Women

Documentary Narrator

Shaw Communications

Audiobook/Tours/E-Learning

Audible

Audiobooks—various (list available upon request)

Hinkler Education

Wonder Words Digital Learning Books

InYerPocket Software

Starship English—Engage Literacy Assesment Kit

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Audio Tour—Main Collection

Medical/Technical

Boehringer Ingelheim

Dual Bronchodilation with LAMA/LABA in COPD

Collier Resources

3-Dimensional Seismic Survey

Fenwal

Aurora Plasmapheresis System

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Heart Health Wizard

Schneider Electric

I/A Series Micronet System

Special Skills

Dialects: various (includes Standard British, Cockney, American Southern, Standard Irish [Dublin-based]); see next item.
Professional Dialect Coach (resume and references upon request)
Home Studio—Apple MacBook Pro, Neumann TLM 102, RME Babyface, ProTools (samples available upon request)
Extensive theatre & film credits

Training

BFA Acting

Ithaca College (cum laude & departmental honors)

Film/Commercial Acting

John Howard Swain, Full Circle Productions

Acting Workshops

Austin Pendleton, Camille Hickman, Erica Jensen, Mele Nagler, David Cappareliotis, Duncan Stewart, Cindy Tolan, Paul Schnee, Tony Taccone, John Howard Swain; Shakespeare & Co. (Shakespeare Intensive), SITI Company (Viewpoints, Suzuki)

Voiceover

Ed Lewis, Shut Up and Talk, NYC; Roy Yokelson, Edge Studio, NYC; Samantha Paris, Voicetrax, Sausalito, CA; John Erlendson, Voice Media, San Francisco, CA

V/O Workshops with: Rebecca Yarsin (House Casting), Allyn Simons (Kipperman), Matt Smith (Paradigm), JJ Adler (Abrams), Lisa Fischoff, Stacy Seidel (Broadcasters)

Improv

Michael Gellman, Second City (Chicago)

Singing/Musical Theatre

Aaron Hagan, NYC; John Ruocco (The GYM NYC)