September 23, 2014
Chris Jones is the chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune. He has reviewed and commented on culture, the arts, politics and entertainment for the Tribune for 15 years.
Along with being the paper's chief voice on local and national theatrical productions, he also writes a weekly column on culture and the arts. Jones also appears each week on the CBS-2 morning news in Chicago.
Prior to joining the staff of the Tribune, Jones served for many years as the touring theater critic for Variety and Daily Variety, publishing several hundred theater reviews with a particular emphasis on pre-Broadway tryouts. He has covered theater in numerous cities throughout the United States, including as Variety's Broadway critic.
He serves on the editorial board for the Best Plays annual and has twice served on the drama committee of the Pulitzer Prizes. His arts criticism also has appeared often in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, American Theatre magazine and numerous other newspapers and magazines. For many years, he has chaired the American Theatre Critics Association committee that annually recommends a theater to receive the Tony Award for outstanding regional theater.
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For much of the 1980s he contributed film reviews, interviews and reports for WCBE-FM in Columbus, Ohio, and also served as the long-time film critic for Columbus Alive newspaper. He also has reviewed film and theater for WFMT radio in Chicago and has contributed chapters to several books. His numerous guest TV appearances range from "E! The True Hollywood Story" to "Nightline" with Ted Koppel. He has also been heard many times on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Jones spent 10 years teaching at Northern Illinois University, where he served as both an associate professor and as assistant chair of the School of Theatre and Dance. He also served as associate dean of DePaul University's Theatre School, where he continues to be an adjunct professor. His honors include the Gold Medallion from the American College Theatre Festival, for his work with young theater critics.
A native of Manchester, England, Jones earned a doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1989.
He lives in Evanston with his wife Gillian Darlow and their two boys, Peter and Evan.