Michael Colby Jones is an actor, teacher, director, husband, and father… not necessarily in that order. MCJ has created principal roles in new plays as a member of eight original NY production casts including Night Dance (Mint), It's Just Sex (Actors Temple), and Murder in America (Second Stage Theater), as well as "multitudinous" productions of Shakespeare. He has worked on television in recurring roles, and in independent film. MCJ's NYC directing credits include "Office Hours" (Manhattan Rep), the first NYC all-female cast production of ART (Alchemical Theatre), and over 90 plays for the Gi60 International Play Festival.
MCJ is the Managing Studio Director at Michael Howard Studios, where he studied with Michael Howard "himself," and has been teaching since 2016. At MHS, MCJ has served as the Resident Voice and Speech Instructor in the Conservatory Programs since 2016, coaches privately, and maintains a continuing Professional Scene Study Class. MCJ is the former Program Head of BFA Acting at Brooklyn College, where he taught for 12 years, an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College in the BFA Acting and Musical Theater programs, as well as at LIU Post's BFA and MFA Acting programs, and taught for years in NYU's BFA Acting and MT programs at the New Studio on Broadway. MCJ's coaching clients and students have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at major regional theaters, in films and on television shows such as Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, Atlanta, SWAT, and Orange Is the New Black. MCJ has earned all the relevant degrees to satisfy academia, and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ATHE, CWA, and VASTA.