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I was raised in the DC/Maryland area and born in New Haven, CT. I am a proud alum of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where I realized directing was my JAM. I dove in and attended New York University where I received my BFA in directing and made NYC home. Upon graduating, I began Theater Yin Yin, a theatre collective (named for my grandmother "Yin-Yin") where I devised material, self-produced, and curated showcases for new artists to collide and share music, poetry, and visual art.

Presently, I am obsessed with heightened material that evocatively unpacks the social-political tragedies of our nation. I have a vast background in developing new plays, abstract musicals, adaptations, African American classics, and poetic texts. I love plays with expansive, intricate play-worlds where an audience can be both visually and aurally transported. Above all else, I am committed to leading a creative environment where actors and collaborators build radical-joyous community and partnerships.

Select credits include: Cullud Wattah (The Public Theater Studio 2019), As Is (The Lark), Pipeline (Detroit Public Theater), NIKE (A.C.T New Strands Festival), Gloria (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Name Calling (The Kennedy Center, Dance Place), The Homecoming Queen workshop (New Harmony Project), New Shoes (Drama League Directorfest), Morning in America (Primary Stages), Black Girl Magic (National Black Theatre), TEMBO! (Zanzibar International Film Festival), Daughters of the Bayou (Weeksville Heritage Center). Assistant Director: Oedipus El Rey (The Public Theater), Fucking A (Signature Theater), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (NY City Center), The Death of the Last Black Man (Signature Theatre).

Fellow of WP Theater’s 2018-20 Lab, Drama League Alumni, and 2016 Lilly Award Winner for Emerging Directors.

Portrait by Emma Pratte


contact me:

candisjones@me.com "Lets make some magic! Xx"