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MICHAEL JONES


4960 N. Marine Dr., Chicago IL 60640, Unit 219 • 773.655.6066 • mikecandance1@yahoo.com
EDUCATION June 1981 | St. Mary of the Plains | Dodge City, KS
B.A. Musical Theatre: Minor in Speech
EXPERIENCE

Aug. 2007-Present | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | Chicago, IL

Professional Theatre and Dance Department University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Campus
Responsibilites

  • Direct special events and student productions
  • Establish and maintain partnerships
  • Support extended day programming
  • Participate and host professional development conferences
  • Maintain and improve facility

Contributions

  • Commissioned guest artist Ben Vereen for Black History Celebration 2009
  • Commissioned guest artist Shirley King and Commissioner Jerry Butler for Black History Celebration 2008
  • Procured donation of a B.B. King Limited Edition Lucille Guitar from The Guitar Center
  • Successfully fundraised over $5000
  • Procured donations of a website, tap shoes, and carpet runner
  • Established partnerships with The Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, UC Connects, The Merit School of Music
  • Restored auditorium including installing a professional dance surface, lights and a sound system

 

Aug. 2007-Present | THEATER AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR | Chicago, IL

Professional Theatre and Dance Department University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Campus

  • Teach five sections of Professional Theatre and Dance
  • Create class curriculum, written exams and analytical writing assignments
  • Evaluate student progress through written work and performance opportunities
  • Plan enrichment field trips
  • Hold evening and weekend rehearsals

 

Oct. 2006-Aug. 2007 | DIRECTOR OF EXTENDED DAY DANCE PROGRAM | Chicago, IL

Extended Day Programming University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Campus

  • Choreograph diverse urban and musical theatre pieces for performances throughout the year
  • Manage student participation, attendance and evaluation

 

Oct. 2005-Present | DIRECTOR OF AFTER SCHOOL DANCE PROGRAMMING | Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Schools

  • Direct student after school dance program at: •Tilton Elementary •Persian West •Ames Elementary •Emmett Til Math and Science Academy
  • Choreography diverse urban and musical theatre pieces for performances throughout the year
  • Coordinate field trips and host productions

 

June 2003-Present | CO-DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER| Oak Park, IL

BRAVO! Performing Arts Academy

  • Work as a part of a collaborative team to choose and write productions for the school year and summer season
  • Choreograph and stage dances for productions
  • Manage a 150 student program
HONORS

Feb. 2009 | Outstanding Choreography | Atlanta, GA | Disney’s Junior Theatre Festival

Nov. 2008 | Outstanding High School Teaching Practices | Chicago, IL | Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nov. 2008 - Present | Board of Directors | Chicago, IL | Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Inc.

Oct. 2008 | Nominee Best Actor in a Musical | Chicago, IL | Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Inc.



PERFORMANCE


STAGE

The Wiz
Blast to the Past
Spotlight on Broadway
Hip-Hop Magic
The Palm Beach Club
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
“Woozland” Theme Park, Taiwan
Cannes, France
Tin Man
Bobby
Featured Singer
Manager/Performer
Featured Dancer

DINNER THEATER

Williamsburg Dinner Theatre
Tibbies Music Hall
Baxter’s Street Dinner Theatre
The Sandpiper
The Young Americans Theatre
Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre
Spirit of Chicago
Traverse City, Michigan
Seal Beach, CA
Newport Beach, CA
Atlanta, GA
Harbor Springs, MI
Huntington Beach, CA
Chicago, IL
Singer/Dancer/Host /Emcee
Singer/Dancer/Host /Emcee
Choreographer/Asst. Director
Choreographer/Asst. Director
Asst. Company Manager
Singer/Dancer
Singer/Dancer

TOURING

Liberace
The Young Americans
The Young Americans
The Young Americans
Fuji Film
Eastern U.S. Tour
European Tour
Broadway & Hollywood
Hawaiian Tour
Japan Tour
Dancer
Singer/Dancer
Singer/Dancer
Singer/Dancer
Featured Artist

CRUISE SHIPS

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Holland America Lines
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Princess Cruises
Variety Headliner
Variety Headliner
Variety Headliner
Featured Artist
Featured Singer/ Variety
Headliner

HOST

Dance Excellence, McQuitty Prod.
Labor Day Soul Cruise
A Christmas Spectacular
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Traverse City, MI

TELEVISION

The Big Date
The Party Machine
British Columbia Television Special
KTLA Studios, Los Angeles
Paramount Picture Studios
Audience Warm Up
Featured Dancer
Singer/Dancer

TEACHING

University of Chicago Charter High School – Woodlawn, Prof. Theatre and Dance Program - Artistic Dir. and Instructor
Long Lake Camp for the Arts - Choreographer and Musical Theatre Dance Instructor
Junior Theater Festival – BRAVO! Team Co-Director and Choreographer
Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School Musical Theater - Guest Co-Producer, Co-Director and Choreographer
BRAVO! Performing Arts Academy summer program - Co-Producer, Co-Director and Choreographer
Ovation Academy – Co-Founder, Co-Producer and Choreographer
The Young Americans Outreach Workshops

SPECIAL SKILLS

Cooking, Pop-Locking, Roller-Skating, Skate-Boarding, Mime