Miz Jones is an award-winning actress, composer, sound
designer and writer. The press has called her "...an
Her work as an actress originating the female roles
in the plays of Sam Shepard, Beth Henley, Murray
Mednick, and John Steppling, among others, has made
her something of a cultural icon.
Raised by a free-spirited Philosopher Queen in
various ghettos across America (Los Angeles,
Chicago, Austin, New York) with stops in London and
the jungles of Yucatan where they lived in a hut in
a village of 80 Mayan Indians, Jones began her
professional acting career at 16 in the hotbed of
New York's off-off Broadway scene in the late '60s
and early '70s. When she was 19 she married
playwright Sam Shepard with whom she has a son,
Jesse Shepard, author of Jubilee King, a collection
of short stories published by Bloomsbury Press.
Shepard and Jones divorced in 1983. Since that time,
of the more than 80 plays she's acted in, only two
have been performed prior to her involvement in
them; part of her lot in life is as accomplice to
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1990 she has had a
broad range of roles in film and television. Equally
at home in comedy or drama she is often asked to
walk the line between the two. In features she has
worked with directors Tim Burton, Jonathan Demme,
Ivan Reitman, Paul Schraeder, John Schlesinger,
Oliver Stone, Peter Weir and Paul Bartel who
directed Shelf Life a movie she wrote and starred in with Andrea Stein and Jim Turner.
Her screen credits include Mars Attacks!, Edward
Scissorhands, Natural Born Killers, and The
Truman Show. Her television credits include
Lonesome Dove, Seinfeld, The X-Files; and a
season as a series regular on CBS's Harts of the
West which starred Beau Bridges and Lloyd Bridges.
Along with her best friend and writing partner, Kathleen Cramer, Miz Jones is also the founder and Artistic Director of Overtone Industries, an innovative group
of composers, writers and performers who have been
exploring new music theatre for over 20 years. Their work has been performed in S.F., L.A.,
and in New York at the Kurt Weill Recital Hall in
Carnegie Hall. Dramalogue said of her work with this
company, "Jones has, in fact, done as much to advance the cause of singing plays as Leonard Bernstein" and the L.A. Times calls Overtone's work "...
audaciously experimental entertainment."
She has composed three short operas; five musicals;
created original music, songs, and sound designs
for more than 30 theatrical productions; and scored
two short films. She was also the Musical
Director and Arranger of Joel Lipman's rock-'n'-roll
extravaganza Celebration of the Lizard which features 49 Doors songs.
As of 2004 Miz Jones is on sabbatical from screen-waitressing;
devoting her time to Overtone Industries' new
projects, Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands and
The Woman in the Wall. On August 24, 2003, with the extraordinary help and contribution of time and talent from family and many wonderful friends, Miz Jones married her long-time boyfriend Halldor Enard and they are now living Happily Ever After.