Tony Award-winning monologist, UNICEF ambassador, firebrand and FCC-fighting poet — Sarah Jones assumes as many roles offstage as on.

Why you should listen

"Chameleon-like" barely describes the astonishing ease with which Sarah Jones slips in and out of the characters in her solo performances -- as many as fourteen personae in her off-Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel. Critics marvel not only at her ability to perfectly mimic accents and mannerisms, but also to seemingly reshape her body, down to pupils and dimples, in the blink of an eye.

Jones' performances showcase a biting political awareness, and she has received commissions from Equality Now, the Kellogg Foundation and the National Immigration Forum to address issues of injustice and inequality. She is the official spokesperson on violence against children for UNICEF, and performs globally to  focus awareness on child abuse. She's given multiple performances at the White House at the invitation of President and First Lady Obama. Jones is now at work on a new solo show commissioned by the Novo Foundation, as well as a commission for Lincoln Center Theater, and a television project based on her characters.

What others say

"Jones, who is ... a sort of multicultural mynah bird, lays our mongrel nation before us with gorgeous, pitch-perfect impersonations of the rarely heard or dramatized." — New Yorker

Sarah Jones’ TED talks

Sarah Jones on the TED Blog

Live from TED2014

Multiple personalities take the stage: Sarah Jones at TED2014

March 21, 2014

Sarah Jones is an actor and monologuist who comes on stage to explain her own diverse background. “I grew up in a family that was multi-everything, black and white, Caribbean, Irish American, German American, there was Dominican music playing from the stereo, Christians and Jews (that’s a long story).” But then, before we quite know what’s happening, […]

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Live from TED2014

Unstress: Speakers in Session 11 at TED2014

March 21, 2014

We live most of our lives wired and wound up, rarely pausing to relax or unplug from the daily grind. Our speakers in this session discuss the consequences of our ever-hectic lives, and remind us of the qualities we sometimes forget to foster. They include an author discussing why modern parenthood is out of whack, […]

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One woman, eight hilarious characters: Sarah Jones on TED.com

April 29, 2009

In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 21:00.) Watch Sarah Jones’ talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate […]

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Quotes from Sarah Jones

For every word intended to render us deaf to one another, there is always a lyric connecting ears and hearts across the continents in rhyme.
Sarah Jones
TED2009 • 841K views Apr 2009
Funny, Ingenious