Thomas W. Jones II

Thomas W. Jones II has directed, written, and performed in more than 150 plays worldwide. Sweet Water Taste marks his 15th Horizon Theatre production, having previously written and starred in Sheddin’, written and directed A Cool Drink A Water, Three Sistahs, and Two Queens One Castle and directed every tongue confess, Da’ Kink In My Hair, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, and many more. Tom is co-founder of Jomandi Productions in Atlanta, where for over 20 years as Co-Artistic Director and later Producing Director, he saw Jomandi soar to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create VIA International Artists, Inc. His work as a writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. His work has received 39 Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award nominations, winning 12 awards, including Best Director for Home and Bessie’s Blues, which he also wrote. He has also received three New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, and the NAACP Phoenix Award among others. Recent Atlanta Credits: Five Guys Named Moe (Theatrical Outfit) and Hands of Color (Synchronicity Theatre).