Sarah Jones is a Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer best known to theater audiences for her multi-character, one-person show Bridge & Tunnel, which was originally produced by Meryl Streep and became a critically acclaimed hit on Broadway.
Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah and her work are celebrated for their humanitarian approach to character and story through the lens of multiculturalism.
As the daughter of two physicians and the product of a multiracial, multi-ethnic family and community, she was interested from an early age in both the welfare and cultural backgrounds of her diverse relatives, neighbors and friends. She was also influenced by talented solo performers such as Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Tracey Ullman, and comedians like Richard Pryor. Another key influence for Sarah is Ruth Draper, considered by many to be the originator of the multiethnic, multi-character solo form in theater.
Educated at the United Nations International School and Bryn Mawr College, Sarah returned to her roots by becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, performing around the world raising awareness of issues including ethnic/racial, gender, and economic disparities in the U.S and globally.
After attending Bryn Mawr College, Sarah’s began her earliest performances, which trace back to slam poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and a battle with the FCC over censorship of her poem/song “Your Revolution.”
A regular uncensored guest on public radio, Sarah has also made numerous TV appearances on shows including Charlie Rose, The Today Show and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as in her own special, The Sarah Jones Show, on Bravo. She even enjoyed a stint on Sesame Street as ‘Ms. Noodle’ on Elmo’s World.
Her work has enjoyed theatrical runs and commissions from The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Ford Foundation, and Berkeley Repertory Theater to the Market Theater in South Africa and various theaters in Europe and Asia. She has also gravitated to non-traditional stages, from schools, prisons and community centers to the White House, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Sarah has also given three multi-character TED Talks which have millions of views, the most recent being an excerpt of her new one-woman show Sell/Buy/Date, which had its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in the fall of 2016. She is currently developing multimedia projects based on her characters.