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 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 a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has 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 called Sell/Buy/Date, commissioned by the Novo Foundation. She debuted material from it at TED2015. She is also working on 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

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Just and Unjust: A recap of the powerful talks of Session 9 at TED2015

March 19, 2015

Questions of justice and injustice are the most difficult of our world. There’s no app that can fix these things; simple solutions just don’t exist. And yet, we have to try. In these six talks, speakers share their thoughts on large-scale injustices and give their thoughts on how we can start to dismantle them. The echo of […]

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Future World Problems #fwp

May 2, 2014

In her TED Talk, Sarah Jones channels characters from THE FUTURE. But in the future, turns out, we’re still pretty much the same kinds of people we are today. Sure, we may wear robot fighting exoskeletons -- but we’re still going to war and falling in love and arguing with our moms. And that's great.

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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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