Dora Mae Productions


Debbie Jones - writer/director

        Debbie Jones is an award-wining playwright in New York City.  She is a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions and as such, is dedicated to strong, character-based writing as the bones for any project.  Her play, JEREMY RUDGE, was produced in New York at The Mint Theatre with Austin Pendleton and Becky Ann Baker.  Her play, THE BREEZEWAY, was produced in New York at the American Theatre for Actors.

      The imagery in Jones' plays (mostly appearing as stage directions) found a freedom in descriptive prose she couldn't achieve with dialogue. Prose gave Jones the freedom to explore place. Over the years, the beginnings of her short stories had collected in the back of an old file cabinet.  After Jones retired from teaching, her daughter, Rebecca, suggested what became after a year of work TALES OF WONDER FROM THE GARDEN STATE.

      Jones served in the playwrights' unit at four established off-Broadway houses including Manhattan Class Company and Circle Rep. She directed original work (her own and other artists) at innovative off-off houses including The HERE Arts Center, The Mint, and New Voice.  She worked as a director extensively in the New York underground comedy scene.  Her collaborations with the brilliant Samantha Jones culminated in BUTTERFLY SUICIDE which was one of 12 shows selected for the prestigious SOLO Nova Arts Festival at P.S. 122.  Jones and her team made the move to film.  She co-wrote and directed the independent feature, THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY. 

     In 2007, Jones was selected by The Dramatists' Guild as one of the "Top 50 to Watch." She is the recipient of the prestigious Berilla Kerr Award for her body of work in New York theatre.  She wrote for the syndicated TV series HAPPINESS which was the recipient of both The Film Advisory Award for Excellence and the Dove Award.   Jones is a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions, a member of The Dramatists' Guild, the UFT, and Alpha Psi Omega.  She taught Latin and writing at The Center School in NYC for 20 years.  She attended Immaculata College for her BA in English and earned her Master's Degree from Columbia University in English Education. 

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Jeannine Jones - writer/director/designer

        Jeannine Jones is a produced playwright and working artist in NYC.  She recently completed the cover design and layout for the book TALES OF WONDER FROM THE GARDEN STATE  by Debbie Jones.  From Jones' perspective, it's been a collaborative and creative process getting the book 'out there'.  Artistic collaboration is what she's about. 

        Jones' plays have been produced at Blue Box Productions, Union Hall Drama Club, The Gallery Players, the Duplex, and the Burton-Taylor Theater.  Jones' play,
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, was a finalist at the Cupper's Competition in Oxford, England.  Her play, PHOEBE AND HAL, was a finalist for the National Ten Minute Play Contest.  Her screenplay, HAZE, was a finalist in the Writers' Network Screenwriting Competition.  Her screenplay -  FIREFLY - based on her play was screened at Houston Worldfest Film Festival , Charleston Film Festival, and Hoyt's New Filmmakers' Showcase.  Combining her love of writing and art, Jones co-wrote,  did the production design, and ran post-production for the independent feature film - THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY  for Dora Mae Productions. 

        Jones' extensive background as both assistant director and stage manager led her into directing
PHOEBE AND HAL, a short film based on her play, for Dora Mae Productions.  She directed PENUMBRA, an evening of one-acts, at The Duplex in NY.  She has directed original work by other playwrights for the STICKY event at the Bowery Poetry Club.

        Jones has 14 years experience in props and production design for theater, film and television.  She works in the props department at NBC and as Production Designer and Set Dresser for the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE DIGITAL SHORTS.  Her Broadway credits in props include:  MEMPHIS; BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON; GYPSY; MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT and Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS.

        Jones is a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions, a member of AEA, Local One I.A.T.S.E., and has been an associate artist with Starfish Theaterworks, and The Looking Glass Theater Company.  Jones has a BA in Theater/Film and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College.  She studied Comparative Literature and Screenwriting at Oxford University.  She holds a college level fine arts degree from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.  She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Comparative Literature and History at Stonybrook University.  In her spare time, she volunteers in the New York City public schools and has served on the selection committee for applicants to the LaGuardia High School Technical-Theater Program.   

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Rebecca Lally - editor/filmmaker

        Lally is an editor and filmmaker living and working in NYC.  She relies on her background as a visual artist in her work in all types of media.  Recently, she called upon her training as a fine artist and created 12 drawings  for the book TALES OF WONDER FROM THE GARDEN STATE  by Debbie Jones. She is currently creating a promo campaign to market the book.  Her video book trailer for the novel - THIRTEEN BULLETS - by David Wellington, was written up by Publisher's Weekly and has had over 57,000 views on YouTube.

        Lally is a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions.  She was the director of photography as well as the editor on the company's feature film - THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY.  The film (part narrative, part documentary) demanded creative problem-solving on the fly throughout the 8-day low-budget shoot in New York City.  The pleasure of being a part of the process from the start to finish stretched her unique visual sense for storytelling.

        As a freelance Avid and Final-Cut-Pro editor, Lally's work can be seen on Showtime, CBS, TLC, The Smithsonian Channel, Nickelodeon, VH1, and other networks. Most recently, she worked with multiple fashion clients including Piaget, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue, and RK.  Her work as an editor has been broadcast internationally.  She was the lead editor on the last three JOE FRESH CAMPAIGNS (Canada), and edited a series of commercials for COACH ASIA (Korea and Japan). Lally has also worked as a director for short form promos.  She has created spots for Showtime Networks, as well as a high profile viral campaign for VH1's ACCEPTABLE TV.

        Lally's work as a filmmaker has been showcased at juried festivals.  Her short film - FIREFLY - was shown at Worldfest Houston and Worldfest Charleston.   She had the good fortune to be a contributing filmmaker on the 9/11 documentary WITNESSING which was an Official Selection of the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. When she's not editing, Lally can often be found studying anatomy and drawing at the Art Student's League in Manhattan.  She has also been known to take off for Italy, where she studies painting at the International School of Painting and Drawing.   Lally holds a degree in film and art from Syracuse University where she graduated summa cum laude.  

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Samantha Jones - actor/writer/director

       Jones is an award winning actor, and comedian. She co-starred in and produced the independent film, THE LAST CHRISTMAS PARTY. She originated the role of Blue Cahill and produced the New York production of the award-winning play THE BREEZEWAY.  She is part of the publishing team for the recently released collection of short stories  - TALES OF WONDER FROM THE GARDEN STATE.

         Jones established her reputation in solo performance and development with BUTTERFLY SUICIDE - one of 12 shows selected for the Solo Nova Arts Festival at P.S.122.  Adding singer songwriter to her list of credits, Jones is half of the award-winning comedic, folk-rock duo - THE SISTER'S ROCK!  Her years of work in improvisation have led her to featured opportunities with Comedy Central, MTV's RUN'S HOUSE, The Uprights Citizens Brigade and Jack Black's ACCEPTABLE TV.

         Jones directed Penny Pollak's solo show NO TRAVELER which had a 6 month run in NYC and went onto the Edinburgh Frigid Festival to acclaim. Taking her love for the avant-garde into theatre, she directed HORROR PLAY by her playwriting sister, Jeannine Jones, whose play was chosen for the cult play festival:  Sticky. Currently she is directing the political comedy talk show THE SKINNY with Peter DeGiglio at The Tank in NYC.

         Jones is a highly respected Improvisation Coach. She founded the improv comedy troupes - FAUX SHOW, THE MUG SHOTS, THE OUTRAGEOUS INSTINCTS, THE BAKER'S DOZEN, THE FREE ASSOCIATION and PLEASE STAND BY. She has donated her empowerment work through improvisation to the New Perspective Theater Company, The Momentum Repertoire Company, Esther Ashkenas Central Park Early Learning Center and recently was an honorary guest in the Think Tank at the Endangered Species Women's Conference in NYC.

        Jones has worked as an independent producer on ARTISTS FOR THE CURE at Carnegie Hall, and WIGSTOCK.  She has represented Screen Actor's Guild on the board of the NY Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media.   She is a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions, a member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and Alpha Psi Omega.  She has studied performance at The LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, HB Studios and SUNY, New Paltz. 

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Dora Mae Jones
Dora Mae Jones

Dora was the real star of Dora Mae Productions. She lived on the Upper West Side for 10 years. She enjoyed long walks in the Ramble, warm naps in the sun, good company, and squeaky toys with faces! She is deeply missed and will always be our muse.

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