Jeni Jones has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, as a professional, award-winning director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, dancer, rapper, producer, editor, martial artist, and radio host. Jeni has spent her entire life seamlessly navigating behind the camera & in front of it, as well as on & off stages of all sizes. Jeni earned her BA in Theatre Directing & English Literature from Fordham University in NYC & her MFA in Film Directing from CalArts.
Throughout her film & T.V. career, Jeni has worked behind the scenes as a production & development executive at several notable companies such as Starz Media, The Film Department & Exclusive Media, during which time she has been credited for her creative contributions to numerous feature films including LAW ABIDING CITIZEN starring Jamie Foxx & Gerard Butler, END OF WATCH with Jake Gyllenhaal, SNITCH with Dwayne Johnson, PARKLAND alongside Tom Hanks’ Playtone, John Carney’s music-driven film BEGIN AGAIN, Golden Globe-nominated RUSH starring Chris Hemsworth (to name a few - credits avail on IMDB).
As an independent filmmaker, her films have played at & received recognition from festivals such as Cannes, Rotterdam & Sundance. As a director, her recent direction of the stageplay WOMEN ON THE VERGE earned the production an NAACP Award and sold-out run in 2019. She also recently directed the award-winning short film CLUB RAT$, which premiered at the Oscar-qualifying L.A. Shorts & Chelsea Film Festivals & was used to raise money & awareness for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). The film has gone on to play numerous festivals & to win multiple awards.
She often shoots, directs & edits music videos for other artists.
Jeni is also an accomplished playwright & screenwriter, who has been brought on board to consult on & write original screenplays for indie producers. She is the co-creator of two original music-driven T.V. Shows, as well as the screenwriter of multiple original feature films currently in development. (See IMDB)
Jeni is a rapper, singer, music producer & recording artist who performs frequently & whose music & music videos can be found on all platforms. She will release her first album in 2020. In 2019 Jeni was invited to NASA to attend a rocket launch & wrote a kid-friendly space jam called SPACE DRAGON, which has a video & educational program in production. She is currently writing and workshopping her original hiphop musical called THE SHORE which she incorporates into her live performance set.
She produces & hosts a weekly underground hiphop radio show called JENI FROM THE BEACH on The 5iveXL.
As a martial artist, she has traveled to China to train with the Shaolin monks & is a blackbelt in Wushu.
Lastly, Jeni is a trained professional dancer, teacher, martial artist & choreographer. A classically trained dancer, she is well versed in the jazz styles of Luigi, Fosse, Horton & her mentors Christine Baltes & Hama. She is a member of two dance companies: Jazz Spectrum Dance Company & Women of Worth. As a musical theatre performer, she's trained with Tony Award winners Ann Reinking, Joel Grey & Tommy Tune & attended the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project. She has performed at large venues like the O.C. Performing Arts Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, & Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
She is recently starred in the 2020 production of VERACITY at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, CA, for which she won an acting award, and has a role in the upcoming feature film HEAVEN'S REVENGE.