Brian Cedric Jones is a classically trained dancer, singer, gymnast, and actor.
A native Texan, he is happy to call New York home, but has been fortunate enough to travel the world through theatre and dance. He began as a competitive gymnast in Texas eventually winning the National Level Gold Medal on Floor exercise. He grew up surrounded by music—his father a songwriter, and uncles in the music industry, so his love of music is no surprise. In the opening night performance of his first civic theater production, a fresh teenager dancing the role of King Simon of Legree in The King and I, he was scouted by the local ballet. Within a week he was dancing on a full scholarship. His education would include various work with Ballet Austin, the North Carolina School of Dance, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, and Martha Graham, all while continuing as a gymnast and avid musical theatre performer.
Catching the eye of a then young cultural diplomacy agency, Brian began touring the world as an instructor and performer of American Voices—bringing American musical theatre and dance to under privileged children in war-torn areas across seven countries and counting. After a freak accident that broke both of his feet, he began choreographing and producing musicals in his home town. Eventually, he took on the role of Marketing and Outreach Director at his local theater and resident choreographer at Angelo State University, where combined, he would choreograph over 20 productions.
Now a proud New Yorker, Brian continues to direct and choreograph locally and around the world. Partnering with long time collaborator, Kayla Friend, he helped create the first staging of her original musical Ramona for New York's Furnace Festival. Brian directed and choreographed Literally Alive’s revival of the original musical Treasure Island at The Player’s Theater Off Broadway. He also recently choreographed Commuters at The Theater at St. Clements, Cagebirds at the The Sonnet Theatre, and Where Angels Fear to Tread, at the Steve and Marie Sguorous Theater. Brian had the privilege join the production team for the inaugural Kansas City Theatre In The Park Summer Academy where he directed and choreographed three productions of Disney's Jungle Book, Kids; he was honored to return to for Lion King, Kids and James and The Giant Peach, Jr.
As a performer, Brian is active in New York, Regional, touring, Off Broadway Theatre, and Opera. Recent credits include How The Grinch Stole Christmas Broadway National Tour, The Metropolitan Opera's Turandot, Pepper in Mamma Mia, and Candide directed by Harold Prince
2010 - present
2010 - present