MARSHALL JONES, III – Director

Professor Jones has over 35 years of producing theater and live entertainment experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York city’s most prestigious venues including the world famous Apollo Theater, the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden, the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall, and Disney On Broadway’s The Lion King.  

As a fan of the works of August Wilson for decades, Marshall is thrilled to make his professional debut directing Radio Golf, the chronological finale of Mr. Wilson’s cycle, at the prestigious Gulfshore Playhouse.

For 13 years seasons (2007–2019), he was the Producing Artistic Director for the Tony® Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company where he navigated the theater through a wide variety of challenges including: opening the new state-of-the-art theater facility, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center where he directed the complex’s inaugural production – Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean.  Other directing credits include A Christmas Carol – The Musical (which he originally produced at Madison Sq. Garden from 1997 to 2000) and the world premiere of Walter Mosley’s Lift, which later played Off Broadway at 59E59 Theater. At Crossroads, he directed Nikkole Salter’s Repairing a Nation, which also was recorded for TV broadcast on WNET’s Theater Close-Up Series.  

In the spring of 2018, Marshall served as the Creative Consultant (replacement director) for the Off Broadway production of LITTLE ROCK, a play with music about the famed Little Rock Nine of 1957, which received NY Times Critic Pick.  The show starred Shanice Williams, who appeared as Dorothy in the NBC Live production of The Wiz.

Since 2002, Marshall has been on faculty at his alma mater as professor of Theater Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as the Head of the BA Theater program.  

Marshall enjoys serving the community and the theater field at-large.  He was a Commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority (operators of NJTV, formerly known as NJN).  He is a member of the Stage Directors Society (SDC), the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), and the Dramatist Guild. For 8 years (2010-2018), Marshall proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communication Group (TCG) and now he currently serves on the Board for the NJ Theatre Alliance. 

Marshall earned a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Arts Management from New York University.