Donned My Director’s Hat

for an invited reading of Levy Lee Simon’s GENTRIFIED (Metaphor of The Drums) @ Dr. Barabara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater Institute of Action Arts

Click the sunset in the beautiful Benja K. Thomas photo to see more about it.


Click the photo above for more proof that I appeared in Saint Joan as Monseigneur de la Trémouille/Page to Warwick at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theater with a wonderful cast led by Condola Rashad this summer. 

Thank you to all the friends that came through!

You can catch me as Norm again in the sixth and final season of The Americans.

And you can catch me as Blacksmith Hiram Munson in Scott Frank's Western miniseries Godless.


Highlights of 2017

As part of Amazon's Pilot Season I am featured in the "genre-bending comedy SEA OAK" starring Glen Close. It was created by George Saunders, 2017 Man Booker Prize winner for LINCOLN IN THE BARDO and directed by Emmy Award winning Atlanta director Hiro Murai. 

Click image below to watch a scene from the pilot.

Had the distinct pleasure of tackling "Live" from 100 Monologues by Eric Bogosian.  Click the image below to visit the website and check out my work along with some of the most interesting actors in New York today!

Made my debut at The Signature Theatre this September playing two roles in another undeniable theatrical experience by Suzan-Lori Parks directed by Soho Rep Artistic Director Sarah Benson! 

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 Reverend D and Hester (Saycon Sengbloh)

Reverend D and Hester (Saycon Sengbloh)

Had the unique thrill of working on THIS IS READING an immersive trans-media project exploring the decline and rebirth of Reading, PA created Kate Whoriskey and Tony Gerber & Lynn Nottage's Market Road Films.

 Click Here to see some beautiful photos of the performance by Max Acra.

Click here to see some beautiful photos of the community stage that was erected for the event by Wayne Becker.

Click here to see some beautiful photos of the production by Tony Gerber.

Had a great time sharing this actors roundtable with Dominque Fishback, Rob Morgan and Rosalyn Coleman.  Saturday April 29th at ART/NY's South Oxford Space. 

Great coverage in American Theater of The New Black Fest 2017, featuring the reading I directed of Ngozi Anywanu's new play Nike!

On the red carpet for the premiere of Season 5 of FX's The Americans.

I had the honor of directing a powerful new play by Dennis A. Allen II called Manhood as part of The National Black Theater I Am Soul: Playwrights Residency.  

Manhood examines love, using humor, horror and toxic masculinity.  

Highlights of 2016

Ithaca with Elz and Bolden.  Not pictured, hosts Stephanie Cowling-Rich and Peter Rich.

Albequerque Baloon Fiesta with fellow minions Audrey Moore and Jesse Grce.

Queen Latina Rehearsal. 

Jake Cannavale, Nicole Aiken, Rocky Vega, Jill DeArmon, Jinn S Kimm, Nicole Aramal, Portia, Dave Anzuelo, Elizabeth Cannavan. #RealLABLove

Served as MC for the Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theater, Teer Spirit Awards for the second year in a row.

The Union Square Incident by Warren Leight, directed by Elena Araoz in The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. 

Michael Cerveris, Russell G. Jones and Julie White.  Not pictured cast members Ashlee Atkinson, Jason Biggs, Oliva Washington.

The National African American Museum of History and Culture with Gael, Sandie, Jan-Wilhem, Elz and Bolden.

Jonathan McCory, Belynda Hardin, Terrell Schuyler, Dennis A. Allen II, Russell G. Jones, Sharina Martin, Nambi Kelly, Christopher Burris, Sade Lythcott, Stephen Hill.  Directing Manhood by Dennis A. Allen II first reading at National Black Theater.

The Van Gelders sent my favorite holiday card this year.  

In This House Project.

The Kept Private reading installation.  Written and directed by Jeremy Davidson at Storyhorse Theater.

Marcel Spears, John Procaccino, Crystal Dickinson, Russell G. Jones, Mary Stuart Masterson, John Douglas Thompson, Michael O'Keefe, JT Waite, Tim Guinee, Stephen M. Jones

Backstage for curtain call, Cherry Lane Theater.

Queen Latina and The Power Posse vs. The Evils of Society by Dave Anzuelo, directed by Elizabeth Cannavan.  Produced by Portia and Russell G.   

White Party by Amina Henry reading, directed by Sash Bischoff at National Black Theater.  

Michael Gaines, Ebonée Noel, Amina Henry, Sash Bischoff, Russell G. Jones, Jennifer Fouché, Kyle Vincent Terry, Brandon Gill.

NOW Africa Playwrights Festival

Jasmine Batchelor, Chalia La Tour, MaameYaa Boafo, Zenzi Williams, Joshua Boone, Chinaza Uche, Russell G. Jones, Patrice Johnson, Mfoniso Udofia, Awoye Timpo, Andres Pina. Not pictured Thuli Dumakude.

Cousins from Cleveland and California for Bolden's Year One Party.  

Rachael, Michael,  Kekoa, and Isaiah.

These gorgeous humans!  We came together at 10 am  November 9th, the day after the presidential election to read Suzan-Lori's new musical The Harder They Come for the Public Theater.  

Brandon Gill, Rashad Edwards, Pascale Armand, Russell G. Jones, Lear Debessonet, Caroline Englander, Suzan-Lori Parks, Benton Greene, Jenny Jules, Brian Tyree Henry and Leigh Selting.

The Surgeon and Her Daughters by Christopher Nunez workshop production directed by Adrienne Cambell-Holt at Cherry Lane Theatre.

Christopher Nunez, Aziza Barnes, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Russell G. Jones, Dave Anzeulo.

Father Comes Home from The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks directed by Jo Bonney at The Mark Taper Forum. 

 Back row: Sterling K. Brown, Jullian Rozzell Jr., Thomas Silcott, Steven Bargonetti, Desean Kevin, Josh Wingate, Donovan Mitchell, David S. Franklin, Ty Mayberry.  Front row: Mia Rosner, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Larry Powell, Evangeline Rose Whitlock, Russell G. Jones, Tonye Potano, Michael McKean, Patrena Murray, Carolyn Ratteray, Roger Robinson

In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia reading directed by Colman Domingo for Page 73.

Colman Domingo, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Russell G. Jones and Mfoniso Udofia.

runbuyrun by Mfoniso Udofia reading directed by Steven Broadnax III at Space on Ryder Farm.

Adepero Oduye, Chinaza Uche, Mfoniso Udofia, Steven Broadnax III, Mirriai Sithole, Russell G. Jones.

Norm. The Americans. FX.

Charles Browning, Elain Graham, Russell G. Jones and Teer Spirit Award Honoree Ebony Jo-Ann.

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My sister Yasmin making it look easy.

Looking to a higher power.  

Hiram Munson. Godless Miniseries directed by Scott Frank.  Netflix.



Russell G. Jones is an Auldeco, Obie and SAG Award winning actor. He has worked as a facilitator, moderator and teaching artist for two decades and is the founder of BLIND SPOT a multi-platform campaign that facilitates cross cultural dialogue and critical thinking to recognize and resist internalized and systemic oppression. He's appeared on four versions of Law & Order and never as the criminal.

He is happily the husband to Elz Cuya Jones and a father to Bolden and Kekoa.