Thomas W. Jones II
Thomas W. Jones II has directed, written, and performed in more than 200 plays worldwide. In 1978, Tom founded Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, Tom led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States. His work as a writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. His work has received 42 Washington DC Helen Hayes Award nominations and won 12 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams' Home and his own Bessie's Blues. He has also received 3 New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, and the NAACP Phoenix Award, among others. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently VIA Theatrical. His most recent works include Three Sistahs, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, and Cool Papa's Party, and he is currently working on an after hours cabaret series based on Delores Bundy's Brown Sugar Diaries.