Jeannine Jones
Founding Partner - Dora Mae Productions

Jeannine Jones

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Jones was 14 years old when she landed her first paying gig at the Pelican Theatre - a 4 night run as light board operator for a very sweet $500.  Her early years were spent running props and taking tickets with her 2 sisters in off-off theatres where her Mom's plays were being produced.  Her early work in theatre made art a priority for life. 


After completing her fine arts training at the competitive Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, Jones went on to pursue writing and literature at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University. Her collection of one-acts, Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, was produced by the Sarah Lawrence Theatre Department.  Her one-act, Criminal Behavior, was produced at the Cupper's Competition at Oxford.  Her screenplay for Firely (based on her play) was produced by her twin and chosen as an official selection at Houston Worldfest, Charleston Worldfest, Hoyt's New Filmmakers Showcase, and Happy Endings Film Festival.

Jones groundwork for sketch comedy was The Mugshots, a professional improvisation troupe, where she worked with 9 other actors to full houses packed with Columbia undergraduates.  From there, she moved right into sketch writing for the hugely popular Living Room Live, produced every Tuesday night downstairs at The Parlor on the Upper West Side.  Over 3 years, this experience proved a real testing ground for her writing.

During these years, Jones expanded her work in technical theatre as a Production Stage Manager for Starfish Theatreworks, and The Jekyll and Hyde Club. She was mentored in Stage Props for IATSE Local One by the great Barney Epstein at the St. James Theatre.  After her acceptance into the union, Jones worked props on Broadway  for The Producers, Monty Python's Spamalot,  25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Memphis, and Jersey Boys.  Her TV work includes the NBC Today Show and Saturday Night Live's digital shorts where she most famously made the infamous "dick-in-a-box" for Justin Timberlake.  After serving as Assistant Head of Props for the Lincoln Center Festival for several years, Jones acceded to Prop Head for Lincoln Center Festival 2011 where she ran props for the esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company.  


Jones' extensive background as stage manager led her into directing the short film Phoebe and Hal (based on her play) for her company.  She also directed Penumbra, an evening of her one-acts, at the Duplex in NYC.  She has written and directed original work for STICKY at the Bowery Poetry Club, Blue Box Productions, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Lamb's Theatre, and the Union Hall Drama Club.  Her full length play, Backslash, has been developed through readings at Looking Glass Theatre, Milkcan Theater, and All You Can Eat Theater.  Eventually her fine arts training and writing found their perfect meld when she co-wrote and did the production design for the independent feature film, The Last Christmas Party, for Dora Mae Productions. 


Jones is a founding member of Dora Mae Productions, a member of IATSE Local One  and AEA.  She received her B.A. in Literature and Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and put in several years serving as Chair of the Young Alumni Committee and Co-Chair of the Admissions Committee for the college.  She recently received her M.A.  in Comparative Literature and History from SUNY Stony Brook. She lives in Upper Manhattan with her young daughter and husband. Her blog, Memory Jones, chronicles her experiences navigating the mysterious waters of raising a child in New York City.

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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