John-Frederick Jones has spent the majority of his life in the world of theater although there was a period of time when he was a photographer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He earned his B.A. at Allegheny College in PA and completed his M.A. at California State University in Northridge, CA.
Currently John is an Adjunct Professor at Irvine Valley College. At various times, he has and continues to teach Voice and Diction, Great Plays of Western Culture, Theater Appreciation, Fine Arts Appreciation, Oral Interpretation, Advanced Acting, and Acting for the Camera. John also directs various plays at IVC as well. His Private Instruction and Coaching includes Shakespeare Techniques, American Scene Study, and Monologue Presentation.
John’s teaching experience over the years has included Chapman University, Cypress College, California State University Northridge, University of Southern California, South Coast Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival Conservatory, and Orange County Children’s Theater.
Over the years, many universities have hired John to direct one or more of their productions. At USC, John directed “The Winter’s Tale,” “Love’s Labors Lost,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” and “The Three Sisters.” At Mankato State University, he directed “Twelfth Night,” and at Cal State Long Beach, “T/J” which was an adaptation of “Tom Jones.” Chapman University invited John to direct “The House of Atreus,” and “How I Learned to Drive,” and at Shakespeare Orange County he directed “The Winter’s Tale,” Here are just a few of the productions he has directed during his 20+ years at Irvine Valley College: “The Hostage,” “Tartuffe,” “Good Woman of Szechwan,” “The Imaginary Invalid,” “As You Like It,” “Philadelphia Story,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Lysistrata,” “You Can’t Take it With You,” “A Tuna Christmas,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “And Then There were None,” and John directed “Rumors” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” twice!
It would take quite a few pages to list the theatrical, film and television experience John has had. It is easier to say that John has acted from Maine to San Diego and Alaska to Alabama! He has been a part of Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), Monmouth Shakespeare (Maine), Alabama Shakespeare, Alaska Repertory, Playhouse in the Park (Cincinnati, OH), Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Arizona Civic (Tucson, AZ), Visalia Shakespeare (CA), The Grove Shakespeare (Garden Grove, CA), Ahmanson Theatre (LA), Mark Taper Forum (LA), Westwood Playhouse (LA), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (MO), Shakespeare Orange County (Orange, CA), and Shakespeare Santa Barbara. John thoroughly enjoys performing on stage and has won awards for his acting as well as for his directing.
In television, John has done “Babylon 5,” “Dead at 21,” “Beauty & the Beast,” “Best Intentions” – a Movie of the Week, “L.A. Law,” and a recurring role on “General Hospital.” John’s “Got Milk” commercial ran the longest of any of them. It was called “Name the Cookie.” In film he did “Board & Care,” “Burglar,” “The Dead Pool,” “The Great Ride,” and “Mothman.”
John’s voice lends itself quite nicely to Narrative Voice-over and has been used in Fox Television Spots – Atlanta, GA, “Heart of Darkness,” “John Carter on Mars,” and “The Haunted Man.”
John still loves teaching, performing and directing. It seems as if actors don’t ever retire as long as there is someone or someplace wanting to enjoy and use their many talents
Whether it be working with his wife Laurel in her Drama Ministry or teaching theater to school-aged children while watching them blossom, John still wants to be vital in serving others. He is honored to be asked to work with one of his former students, Ian Daelucian, who is creating and developing “The Heart of Delight”.