Bonnie Franklin

Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Watts Village Theatre

Deanne Bray

Darby Cahill

Sheldon Epps

Barbara Gannen

Gai Jones

Deborah LaFranchi

Elizabeth Tobias

Granville Van Dusen


GAI JONES began theater with private elocution lessons in Chickasha, Oklahoma. After college and an MA from CSUF, she taught Theatre at El Dorado H. S. for thirty-four years. Upon retirement, the Black Box Theater was named The Gai Jones Theater.

She is included in THE WORLD’S WHO’S WHO OF WOMEN; SECONDARY EDUCATORS OF AMERICA; CAAE LEADERS IN THEATRE EDUCATION. She has been honored by Outstanding Arts Educator for Orange County; CETA as Outstanding Educator; CA State Thespians; Educational Theatre Association, and AATE.

Mrs. Jones lives with husband Dr. Wendell Jones, Ojai, supports her daughters Marcie Jones, elementary administrator, south central LA; Karyn Carney, educator, and son-in-law Major Michael Carney, who is home from serving in Iraq, and grandson Laith.

She is Founder of CA Youth in Theatre; Theatre education consultant; Trustee of CA State Thespian Board, DTASC, and CETA; Judge Coordinator for theatre festivals, LA area; Emerging Commercial and Voice Over actress; Actress, Rubicon Theatre; Director/Teacher, Theater 150, Ojai; Creator of Sage to Stage; Director, Ojai Art Center Theater; Teacher, Camp Bravo; Associate Professor CSU, East Bay; Teacher, Donna Reed Festival, Dennison, Iowa; Performer, Ventura Senior Readers Theatre; Founder the Gai Jones scholarship at El Dorado H.S. and the S*T*A*R scholarship.

She teaches ensemble building workshops for teachers, corporations, and students nationwide. Her Theatre resource book, entitled RAISING THE CURTAIN is published by Perfection Learning. She also has a newly self-published book entitled BREAK A LEG, Tips and Truisms for Theatre Teachers. www.gaijones.com.