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Michael Colby Jones

Professor of Theatre

B.F.A. Ithaca CollegeM.F.A. Brooklyn College


Michael Colby Jones is an actor, teacher, director, husband, and father… not necessarily in that order.  MCJ is the former Program Head of BFA Acting at Brooklyn College, where he taught for 12 years, and is very happy to be joining the great faculty at LIU.  MCJ has put his certification as a Registered Rodenburg Teacher (RRT) to work by serving as a Resident Voice and Speech Instructor at Michael Howard Studios where he taught in the Conservatory Programs, coached privately, and maintained a continuing Professional Scene Study Class.  MCJ was an Assistant Professor at Ithaca College in the BFA Acting and Musical Theater programs, as well as 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,” and “Orange Is the New Black.”  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 all-female cast production of ART (Alchemical Theatre), and over 90 plays for the Gi60 International Play Festival.  MCJ earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Ithaca College, his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, and his post graduate Diploma in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).  He is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ATHE, CWA, and VASTA.