Biography

Tarra Conner jones is best known for her stage work in professional theatres. Some of her most notable works include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ma Rainey), The Color Purple (Sofia), The Wiz (Evilene), Dreamgirls (Effie), Shrek the Musical (Dragon, Mama Ogre/Bear), and Ain’t Misbehavin (Amelia).

 

She is a gifted singer and performer that has a sound and style all her own. Tarra has also performed internationally in Shanghai, China. While there, she was a contracted singer at Shake and Heydey. She performed classic jazz and R&B during her 6 months in Shanghai. Upon her U.S. return, Tarra has been focused on perfecting her Cabaret, “Here. Is. Love.”, and auditioning for future stage opportunities.

 

Tarra is charitable to The American Lung Association in memory of her mother, Ms. Chonita G. Conner, who cheers for her girl from the wings of heaven.

 

Follow Tarra on: https://www.facebook.com/tarra.c.jones, Instagram: tarraconnerjones, and Twitter: @LadyTarra8

Tarra’s Résumé

TARRA CONNER JONES

TARRAFJONES@YAHOO.COM

 (904) 405-3621

(516) 544-0255

 

HAIR: Black

EYES: Brown

HEIGHT: 5’5”

Soprano

 

Actors' Equity Association

 

 

REGIONAL

THE WIZ (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo, James Kinney)

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Dir. Chuck Smith)

THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. James Harkness)

HOW I GOT OVER (Dir. Nate Jacobs)

COTTON CLUB CABARET (Dir. Nate Jacobs)

BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Dir. Tod Booth)

BLACK NATIVITY (Dir. Nate Jacobs)

SHREK THE MUSICAL (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney)

THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney)

DREAMGIRLS (Dir. Darryl Hall, Sondra Bonitto)

CROWNS (Dir. Darryl Hall)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Dir. Caryl Butterley)

SPUNK (Dir. Lee Hamby)

FOR COLORED GIRLS (Dir. Dee Quaranta)

YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX w GOD (Dir. C. Farrow)

FIGHT OF HER LIFE (Dir. Maxie L. Coleman)

PORGY AND BESS (Dir. Dr. Rebecca Steele)

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

 

SPECIAL

SHANGHAI, CHINA

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

TELEVISION/FILM

SANGRIA LIFT (SHORT FILM) CHARACTER: EVE

THE WORD NETWORK – LIVE TAPING

 

TRAINING

ACTING: Acting Intensive, The WHITEROBIN Group, Scott Whitehurst & Angela Robinson-Whitehurst

VOICE: Edward Waters College, B.A. Elementary Ed/Music Minor, Douglas Anderson School of Performing Arts, Piano & Voice

 

SKILLS: Basic piano, Storytelling

 

 

EVILENE

MA RAINEY

CHURCH LADY DARLENE

ENSEMBLE

ENSEMBLE

APOLLO PERFORMER

ARCHANGEL

DRAGON

SOFIA

EFFIE M. WHITE

MOTHER SHAW

ASAKA

BLUES SPEAK WOMAN

LADY GREEN

ENSEMBLE

EVANGELIST

CHORUS

AMELIA

 

 

PERFORMER

ETHEL WATERS

ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE

WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE

ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE

STAGE AURORA/THE FLORIDA THEATRE

STAGE AURORA

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE

THE 5 AND DIME THEATRE

STAGE AURORA

IRVING STREET REP/THE RITZ THEATRE

THE FLORIDA THEATRE

BETHUNE COOKMAN COLLEGE

RIVERCITY PLAYHOUSE

 

 

HEYDAY & SHAKE MUSIC LOUNGES

JAZZLINKS (IN-SCHOOL W/ WESTCOAST THEATRE)

 

 

CABARET HERE IS LOVE! AN ORIGINAL CABARET INCLUSIVE OF JAZZ CLASSICS, SHOW TUNES, AND MY PERSONAL STORY ABOUT LOVE

Reels

The Reviews

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

"In addition to being a convincing actor, Ms. Jones is also a bona fide blues shouter whose straight-from-the-shoulder singing evokes the real Ma Rainey's '20s style without resorting to mere imitation."

—Terry Teachout

The Wall Street Journal, February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The Color Purple (Sofia)

 “Then there’s Tarra Conner Jones, whose performances, until recently, have mostly been confined to singing in her church. She has a blow-the-doors-off voice and a nice comic style as an actress, playing the life force Sofia (the role Oprah Winfrey played in the 1985 movie)”.

— Charlie Patton

The Florida Times Union, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wiz

“You had best be sitting comfortably and have fastened your seat belt, at the start of second act, when Tarra Conner Jones, an Alhambra favorite from its past production of “The Color Purple,” appears as the evil Evillene. She wears a dress in a blinding red, which matches her red hair, and raises the roof with the song “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News.” Ms. Jones has a commanding presence and a rich musical voice with a vast range”.

— Dick Kerkes

EU Jacksonville, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“Ma Rainey may get top billing in the play’s title, but she’s actually something of a supporting character, though that’s hard to believe from the fiery, take-no-prisoners performance of Tarra Conner Jones. She comes on mid-way through the first act like a house afire and makes you feel her presence, even when she’s sitting quietly in the background, waiting for the sound system to be ready in a Chicago recording studio where she’s supposed to be making some recordings for the white owner. It’s 1927, and Ma Rainey is notorious for being late, demanding and ornery, and we see all of that in Jones’ performance”.

— Jay Handelman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2016

 

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Biography Tarra Conner jones is best known for her stage work in professional theatres. Some of her most notable works include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ma Rainey), The Color Purple (Sofia), The Wiz (Evilene), Dreamgirls (Effie), Shrek the Musical (Dragon, Mama Ogre/Bear), and Ain’t Misbehavin (Amelia). She is a gifted singer and performer that has a sound and style all her own. Tarra has also performed internationally in Shanghai, China. While there, she was a contracted singer at Shake and Heydey. She performed classic jazz and R&B during her 6 months in Shanghai. Upon her U.S. return, Tarra has been focused on perfecting her Cabaret, “Here. Is. Love.”, and auditioning for future stage opportunities. Tarra is charitable to The American Lung Association in memory of her mother, Ms. Chonita G. Conner, who cheers for her girl from the wings of heaven. Follow Tarra on: https://www.facebook.com/tarra.c.jones, Instagram: tarraconnerjones, and Twitter: @LadyTarra8

Tarra’s Résumé

TARRA CONNER JONES TARRAFJONES@YAHOO.COM (904) 405-3621 (516) 544-0255 HAIR: Black EYES: Brown HEIGHT: 5’5” Soprano AEA
REGIONAL THE WIZ (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo, James Kinney) EVILENE Alhambra Dinner TheatreH MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Dir. Chuck Smith) Ma Rainey Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. James Harkness) CHURCH LADY DARLENE/CHURCH SOLOIST Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe HOW I GOT OVER (Dir. Nate Jacobs) ENSEMBLE Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe COTTON CLUB CABARET (Dir. Nate Jacobs) Soloist Westcoast Black Theatre BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Dir. Tod Booth) APOLLO PERFORMER Alhambra Dinner Theatre BLACK NATIVITY (Dir. Nate Jacobs) ARCHANGEL Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe SHREK THE MUSICAL (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney) DRAGON Alhambra Dinner Theatre THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney) SOFIA Alhambra Dinner Theatre DREAMGIRLS (Dir. Darryl Hall, Sondra Bonitto) EFFIE M. WHITE Stage Aurora/The Florida Theatre CROWNS (Dir. Darryl Hall) CHURCH MOTHER Stage Aurora ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Dir. Caryl Butterley) ASAKA Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre SPUNK (Dir. Lee Hamby) BLUES SPEAK WOMAN The 5 and Dime Theatre FOR COLORED GIRLS (Dir. Dee Quaranta) LADY GREEN Stage Aurora YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD (Dir. A. Curtis Farrow) ENSEMBLE Irving Street Rep/The Ritz Theatre FIGHT OF HER LIFE (Dir. Maxie L. Coleman) EVANGELIST The Florida Theatre PORGY AND BESS (Dir. Dr. Rebecca Steele) CHORUS Bethune Cookman College AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ AMELIA Rivercity Playhouse SPECIAL SHANGHAI, CHINA PERFORMER Heyday & Shake Music Lounges CABARET HERE IS LOVE! AN ORIGINAL CABARET INCLUSIVE OF JAZZ CLASSICS, SHOW TUNES, AND MY PERSONAL STORY ABOUT LOVE THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REVIEW ETHEL WATERS Jazzlinks (In-school with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe) TELEVISION/FILM SANGRIA LIFT (SHORT FILM) CHARACTER: EVE THE WORD NETWORK – LIVE TAPING TRAINING ACTING: Acting Intensive, The WHITEROBIN Group, Scott Whitehurst & Angela Robinson-Whitehurst VOICE: Edward Waters College, B.A. Elementary Ed/ Florida Community College at Jacksonville, A.A. Music/Douglas Anderson School of Performing Arts, Piano & Voice, Mary Frances Whitaker, Mark O’Connor, Gail Denson, Roger Sears SKILLS: Basic piano, Storytelling CABARET HERE IS LOVE! AN ORIGINAL CABARET INCLUSIVE OF JAZZ CLASSICS, SHOW TUNES, AND MY PERSONAL STORY ABOUT LOVE

Reels

The Reviews

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“In addition to being a convincing actor, Ms. jones is also a bona fide blues shouter whose straight-from-the-shoulder singing evokes the real Ma Rainey's '20s style without resorting to mere imitation."

—Terry Teachout

The Wall Street Journal, February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The Color Purple (Sofia)

 “Then there’s Tarra Conner jones, whose performances, until recently, have mostly been confined to singing in her church. She has a blow-the-doors-off voice and a nice comic style as an actress, playing the life force Sofia (the role Oprah Winfrey played in the 1985 movie)”.

— Charlie Patton

The Florida Times Union, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wiz

“You had best be sitting comfortably and have fastened your seat belt, at the start of second act, when Tarra Conner jones, an Alhambra favorite from its past production of “The Color Purple,” appears as the evil Evillene. She wears a dress in a blinding red, which matches her red hair, and raises the roof with the song “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News.” Ms. jones has a commanding presence and a rich musical voice with a vast range”.

— Dick Kerkes

EU Jacksonville, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“Ma Rainey may get top billing in the play’s title, but she’s actually something of a supporting character, though that’s hard to believe from the fiery, take-no-prisoners performance of Tarra Conner jones. She comes on mid-way through the first act like a house afire and makes you feel her presence, even when she’s sitting quietly in the background, waiting for the sound system to be ready in a Chicago recording studio where she’s supposed to be making some recordings for the white owner. It’s 1927, and Ma Rainey is notorious for being late, demanding and ornery, and we see all of that in jones’ performance”.

— Jay Handelman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2016

 

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Biography

Tarra Conner jones is best known for her stage work in professional theatres. Some of her most notable works include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ma Rainey), The Color Purple (Sofia), The Wiz (Evilene), Dreamgirls (Effie), Shrek the Musical (Dragon, Mama Ogre/Bear), and Ain’t Misbehavin (Amelia).

 

She is a gifted singer and performer that has a sound and style all her own. Tarra has also performed internationally in Shanghai, China. While there, she was a contracted singer at Shake and Heydey. She performed classic jazz and R&B during her 6 months in Shanghai. Upon her U.S. return, Tarra has been focused on perfecting her Cabaret, “Here. Is. Love.”, and auditioning for future stage opportunities.

 

Tarra is charitable to The American Lung Association in memory of her mother, Ms. Chonita G. Conner, who cheers for her girl from the wings of heaven.

 

Follow Tarra on: https://www.facebook.com/tarra.c.jones, Instagram: tarraconnerjones, and Twitter: @LadyTarra8

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Tarra’s Résumé

TARRA CONNER JONES

P.O. BOX 26469 • JACKSONVILLE, FL 32226 • (904) 405-3621 • TARRAFjones@YAHOO.COM

 

AEA

 

HEIGHT: 5’5”

HAIR: BROWN

EYES: BROWN

Soprano

 

REGIONAL HOW I GOT OVER (Dir. Nate Jacobs) ENSEMBLE Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe THE WIZ (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo, James Kinney) EVILENE Alhambra Dinner Theatre MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Dir. Chuck Smith) Ma Rainey Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. James Harkness) CHURCH LADY DARLENE/CHURCH SOLOIST Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe COTTON CLUB CABARET (Dir. Nate Jacobs) Soloist Westcoast Black Theatre BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Dir. Tod Booth) APOLLO PERFORMER Alhambra Dinner Theatre BLACK NATIVITY (Dir. Nate Jacobs) ARCHANGEL Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe SHREK THE MUSICAL (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney) DRAGON/MAMA BEAR/MAMA OGRE Alhambra Dinner Theatre THE COLOR PURPLE (Dir. Tod Booth/Choreo. James Kinney) SOFIA Alhambra Dinner Theatre DREAMGIRLS (Dir. Darryl Hall, Sondra Bonitto) EFFIE M. WHITE Stage Aurora/The Florida Theatre CROWNS (Dir. Darryl Hall) CHURCH MOTHER Stage Aurora ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Dir. Caryl Butterley) ASAKA Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre SPUNK (Dir. Lee Hamby) BLUES SPEAK WOMAN The 5 and Dime Theatre FOR COLORED GIRLS (Dir. Dee Quaranta) LADY GREEN Stage Aurora YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD (Dir. A. Curtis Farrow) ENSEMBLE Irving Street Rep/The Ritz Theatre FIGHT OF HER LIFE (Dir. Maxie L. Coleman) EVANGELIST The Florida Theatre PORGY AND BESS (Dir. Dr. Rebecca Steele) CHORUS Bethune Cookman College AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ AMELIA Rivercity Playhouse SPECIAL SHANGHAI, CHINA PERFORMER Heyday & Shake Music Lounges THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REVIEW ETHEL WATERS Jazzlinks (In-school with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe) CABARET HERE IS LOVE! AN ORIGINAL CABARET INCLUSIVE OF JAZZ CLASSICS, SHOW TUNES, AND MY PERSONAL STORY ABOUT LOVE TELEVISION/FILM SANGRIA LIFT (SHORT FILM) CHARACTER: EVE THE WORD NETWORK – LIVE TAPING TRAINING ACTING: Acting Intensive, The WHITEROBIN Group, Scott Whitehurst & Angela Robinson-Whitehurst VOICE: Edward Waters College, B.A. Elementary Ed/ Florida Community College at Jacksonville, A.A. Music/Douglas Anderson School of Performing Arts, Piano & Voice, Mary Frances Whitaker, Mark O’Connor, Gail Denson, Roger Sears SKILLS: Basic piano, Storytelling , Basic Flag Twirling

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The Reviews

The Reviews

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

"In addition to being a convincing actor, Ms. jones is also a bona fide blues shouter whose straight-from-the-shoulder singing evokes the real Ma Rainey's '20s style without resorting to mere imitation."

—Terry Teachout

The Wall Street Journal, February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The Color Purple (Sofia)

 “Then there’s Tarra Conner jones, whose performances, until recently, have mostly been confined to singing in her church. She has a blow-the-doors-off voice and a nice comic style as an actress, playing the life force Sofia (the role Oprah Winfrey played in the 1985 movie)”.

— Charlie Patton

The Florida Times Union, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wiz

“You had best be sitting comfortably and have fastened your seat belt, at the start of second act, when Tarra Conner jones, an Alhambra favorite from its past production of “The Color Purple,” appears as the evil Evillene. She wears a dress in a blinding red, which matches her red hair, and raises the roof with the song “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News.” Ms. jones has a commanding presence and a rich musical voice with a vast range”.

— Dick Kerkes

EU Jacksonville, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“Ma Rainey may get top billing in the play’s title, but she’s actually something of a supporting character, though that’s hard to believe from the fiery, take-no-prisoners performance of Tarra Conner jones. She comes on mid-way through the first act like a house afire and makes you feel her presence, even when she’s sitting quietly in the background, waiting for the sound system to be ready in a Chicago recording studio where she’s supposed to be making some recordings for the white owner. It’s 1927, and Ma Rainey is notorious for being late, demanding and ornery, and we see all of that in jones’ performance”.

— Jay Handelman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2016

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

"In addition to being a convincing actor, Ms. jones is also a bona fide blues shouter whose straight-from-the-shoulder singing evokes the real Ma Rainey's '20s style without resorting to mere imitation."

—Terry Teachout

The Wall Street Journal, February 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The Color Purple (Sofia)

 “Then there’s Tarra Conner jones, whose performances, until recently, have mostly been confined to singing in her church. She has a blow-the-doors-off voice and a nice comic style as an actress, playing the life force Sofia (the role Oprah Winfrey played in the 1985 movie)”.

— Charlie Patton

The Florida Times Union, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wiz

“You had best be sitting comfortably and have fastened your seat belt, at the start of second act, when Tarra Conner jones, an Alhambra favorite from its past production of “The Color Purple,” appears as the evil Evillene. She wears a dress in a blinding red, which matches her red hair, and raises the roof with the song “Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News.” Ms. jones has a commanding presence and a rich musical voice with a vast range”.

— Dick Kerkes

EU Jacksonville, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

“Ma Rainey may get top billing in the play’s title, but she’s actually something of a supporting character, though that’s hard to believe from the fiery, take-no-prisoners performance of Tarra Conner jones. She comes on mid-way through the first act like a house afire and makes you feel her presence, even when she’s sitting quietly in the background, waiting for the sound system to be ready in a Chicago recording studio where she’s supposed to be making some recordings for the white owner. It’s 1927, and Ma Rainey is notorious for being late, demanding and ornery, and we see all of that in jones’ performance”.

— Jay Handelman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2016

 

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