Who’s playing at The Outer Loop?

July Edition: Candis Jones

If you read our Travelogue blog series (parts 1 and 2!) then you already know our Co-Artistic Director Michael Herman just returned from Tanzania, where he spent the last 6 weeks devising, directing and teaching theater across East Africa. But what you don’t know, is that while he was there he collaborated with some incredible artists from both the U.S. and Africa… and we can’t wait to introduce them to you!

One of these exceptional artists is Candis Jones. This phenomenal woman is every bit as captivating in conversation as her work is arresting. And trust us, her work certainly speaks for itself. Candis also just returned from Tanzania, where she devised and directed TEMBO!… a powerful piece about the elephant poaching problem that threatens the continent of Africa. Candis was kind enough to catch up with us before she even caught up on sleep… and we’re so glad she did! Meet this gamechanging artist and find out what makes her tick, both in and out of the rehearsal room.

Candis Jones. Photo Credit: Rick Hefner

So Candis, what’s your art?

I am a theater director and theater maker. I believe the theater is a powerful spiritual space. I ask a community/audience to believe in the theatricality of magic and the unseen. That never gets old :-)

Candis at work, staging “Daughters of the Bayou,” at Weeksville Heritage Center.

Where do you come from?

I was born in Connecticut and raised in Washington, D.C.

Your inspirations?

Nature, aromatherapy, visual art, travel, photography, my mother, poetry, children, jazz, good coffee, and good food!

Cool… so what are you working on now?

I am prepping for my season as a Fall Fellow with the Drama League (woot woot!). But I am also still digesting the mammoth of work I just finished devising in Tanzania. Both my show TEMBO! and my experience in Tanzania are still in my dreams! I swear I am currently re-staging in REM. It is still surreal to be back in New York. Creating and teaching on the continent for a month had such a lasting effect on me, that I am sure it will codify and download in a major way.

I am also looking forward to assisting Lileana Blain-Cruz on Suzan Lori-Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at The Signature Theatre in September. And my next production will be in The Drama League’s One Act Play Festival. Check my website soon for dates!

Production still from TEMBO! Photo Credit: Kevin McNair

Amazing… where can we see more?

You can check out my website: www.Candiscjones.com

Or my reel: http://www.candiscjones.com/reel/

Or my Facebook page: Candis Jones

My theater collective also has a Facebook page! Search Theater Yin Yin for past and upcoming productions… and please contact me if you’re interested in collaborating!

Your favorite .gif, meme or video clip?

Well… this certainly speaks for itself!

Thank you so much, Candis! Hugs and love from us all!

And thank you, Outer Loopers, for reading. Are you an artist? Would you like to be featured here? Or do you know someone amazing we should feature?

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Keep an eye out for Outer Loop projects bridging the U.S. and Tanzania. More info coming very soon!

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Much love,

The Outer Loop Family