As an actor I have performed Off-Broadway, in workshops, festivals, summer stock, and regional theatre productions. I have been on both sides of the table, as an actor and behind the scenes as a member of the creative team. I’ve worked on many other films and series, most notably Showtime, Travel Channel, Netflix, and Hulu productions. I’ve trained with The Atlantic Theatre Company, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, New Studio on Broadway, The Groundlings, and SITI Theatre Company. I have a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of Drama. I am an arts educator at Village Theatre, a member of The Czech-American Theatre Company, on staff at Stonestreet Film & TV Studio, and a member of SAG-AFTRA.
My philosophy: As a director and coach I believe the most complex, challenging, and compelling version of a story is the one right in front of you. Instead of acting out your idea or plan, explore what's truly and simply happening in that moment. That brave act unlocks humor, tragedy, and everything in between. I'm encouraging, passionate, attentive, energetic, driven, honest, and a true cheerleader for the artists I work with. Analyzing text is one of my favorite things to do!! I want to help you critically break down a text, using script analysis techniques, so that in the moment you can act freely and impulsively. You’ll be confident in your choices and able to focus entirely on taking bold risks that are supported by your breath, voice, and body. Then I'm interested in how your experience intersects with the art you are creating. Those intersections are where you’ll find your passionate artistic voice; the creative spark that brings you and your work to life.
Do you want to work on your craft and grow as an actor? Construct successful and sustainable creative practices? Rock the frame in your self tapes? Find & prepare audition materials that make you shine? Get into that perfect college or conservatory program? I can help!! Wherever you are in your journey, I looking forward to helping you reach that next level! Sessions are tailored to your individual needs and goals.
During the ongoing pandemic I am available for half hour sessions and limited number of same day bookings. Right now I am only doing virtual coaching sessions via Zoom or FaceTime! I work with artists in person in New York, LA, and Washington. I have led workshops and classes on devising theatre, viewpoints, practical aesthetics, formalist script analysis, storytelling through movement, on camera acting, and audition technique. I attend monthly professional development trainings in the field of arts education (including equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings, working with neuro-diverse populations, trauma-informed practices, and more).
If you have any question feel free to reach out to me at DWileyJones@gmail.com