"Gai Jones is an astonishingly creative theatre director, leading her students of all
ages to new heights in creativity.”

Ellis Jordan
Past Trustee and charter recipient
of the Hall of Fame Award for the
Educational Theatre Association
  Gai Jones    


Contact Information    
Message Line: 805 640 6472                                                   
Cell Phone: 805 630 9017                     
e-Mail: gaijones2013@gmail.com
SAG-AFTRA Member and Radio Players Committee/Performer
Employment  History/Work History/Academic Positions 
Location Title Position Dates
Drama Teachers Academy Instructor 2014-present
Ventura Charter School of Arts/Global Studies Theatre Director 2013-present
Santa Barbara City College Theatre Instructor 2013-present
Center Theatre Group Chase Fellowship Panel Selector 2010-present
Ojai Youth Entertainment Studios (OYES) Director/Workshop Leader 2012-present
Elite Theatre Workshop Leader/Director 2002-present
CA State University, East Bay Adjunct Associate Professor 2005-present
Theatre Sage Company, Theatre Arts Provider President 2008-present
Business Owner Theatre Teachers Bootcamp Partner with Krista Elhai 2012-present
Ventura College Community Education Instructor 2009-present
SETC and Iowa Speech/Drama Association Guest Critic/Adjudicator 2009-2012
New Jersey Theatre Evaluator for Exams Reviewer 2008-present
Consultant, Textbook Author, Guest Speaker, EdTA, AACT, AATE, Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, Alabama, California, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, Workshop Leader

Arkansas, New England Thespians Inspirational Speaker 2002-present
Senior Theatre League, Texas Educational Theatre Assoc. Workshop Leader 2002-present
Los Angeles Unified School District Theatre Consultant 2005
Pt. Hueneme School District Gate Drama Class Workshop Director 2007
Theater 150-Summer Theatre Elementary Workshop Workshop Director 2007-08
Donna Reed Festival, Dennison, Iowa, high school PDI Instructor 2007-08
Southern Oregon University, Theatre Dept. Masterís Students Program Evaluator 2006
Theater 150-Professional Theater, adult equity actors, New Plays Series Producer 2005-08
Ventura Senior Readers Theatre, performer for elementary age Director/Actor 2002-present
Camp Bravo Theatre Camp, Virtual Theatre Instructor 1995-present
Elite Theater, Oxnard, CA Theatre for Youth Director 2007-present
Ojai Art Center Theater, Childrenís Theatre, grades 1st-8th Director/Producer 2005-present
Ojai Art Center Theater, multi ages acting Teacher/Director 2006-present
Theater 150-Sage to Stage, senior citizens workshop Instructor/Director 2003-08
CA State University, Channel Islands, Osher Institute Instructor 2007-08
Ojai Performing Arts Theatre Academy(OPATA) Interim Director 2004-06
Nordhoff High School Theatre Dept. high school, Ojai, CA Guest Teacher/Director 2005- present
Fullerton College Theatre Dept., Introd to Theatre Arts College Instructor 2000-01
El Dorado High School, Gai Jones Theater, Placentia, CA Instructor/Director
Visual and Performing Arts Chair
Master Teacher
Curriculum Writer
El Dorado High School, Thespian Troupe 199 Thespian Director 1968-2002
Fullerton College Theatre Dept. Youth Theatre Conservatory Director 1980-90
Hacienda/La Puente Creative Dramatics Teacher 1980-85
Wilshire Junior High School, Fullerton, CA Instructor/Director 1964-68
Oklahoma/Texas Girl Scouts, elementary-high school Camp Counselor 1960-64
Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) Theatre Dept. Tech Employee 1960-64
Disneyland Sales 1966
OCW Bookstore Sales 1960-62
OCW Theatre Dept. Secretary 1962-64
OCW Theatre Dept. Childrenís Theatre Director 1960-64

Chickasha High School,
Chickasha, Oklahoma
Diploma 1960
Oklahoma College for Women
AKA University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma,
Chickasha, Oklahoma
BA In Speech/Drama 1964
CSU Fullerton,
Fullerton, CA                        
MA in Theatre 1968

Certifications and Accreditations

Junior High Teaching Credential
Life Time Standard Secondary Credential
Administrative Credential

Research and Training
Grant Proposal Writing Certification April 2013
EdTA Leadership Summit Instructor’s Manual
American Association for Theatre Education (AATE) Leadership Institute
Stop Gap Theatre
Placentia Yorba Linda USD Theatre Curriculum Writer
National and CA State Standards Reviewer
USC Theatre of the Oppressed
American Conservatory of Theatre (A.C.T) Summer Theatre Institute
NYU Summer Theatre Institute
UCLA Directing
Roosevelt Summer Theatre Institute
University of CA Irvine (UCI)Experiential Psycho Drama
Commercial Intensives: Carolyne Barry, Michael Donovan
Voice Over Classes/Demo
The Actor’s Bootcamp
Kalmenson and Kalmenson Voice Over

Professional Memberships
Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Association(SAG/AFTRA)   2002
EdTA member Thespian Director, Senior Theatre League, Professional Member, Chapter Director, Past Territorial Director/Past Regional Director,  Emeritus Member, Board member, incoming VP and president 1968-present
Scholarship Committee Chair/Governance Board Advisory
AA Community Theatre
AATE Member, past CA Representative
Americans for the Arts
CA Educational Theatre Association, member, membership V.P, Past President
CA Thespians, Ex Trustee, VP membership, past Director
CA Teachers Association
CA Alliance Arts Education policy board member/legislative action committee
CA State University Fullerton (CSUF) Alumni Association
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Drama Teachers Associations of So. CA (DTASC) Member, Membership Secretary, VP Advocacy
Girl Scouts of America
Grady County Historical Society
CA Alliance of Arts Educator (CAAE)Legislative Action Committee,
National Educational Association
Order of the Eastern Star
Parent Teacher Student Association
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) Alumni Association
Zeta Phi Eta
Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Company Manager of Making Magic/Defying Gravity (MMDG)

Black Box Theater named GAI JONES THEATER, El Dorado H.S. Placentia, CA 2002; The World’s Who’s Who of Women; Secondary Educators of America; Young Educators of America, OCW Young Alumni Hall of Fame; CAAE Leader in Theatre Education; Stage Directions-Leaders in America; Outstanding Arts Educator, Orange County; CETA Outstanding Educator/Life time Achievement Award; CA State Thespians Hall of Fame; EdTA Hall of Fame; CETA South Distinguished Service; CETA South Secondary Teacher; Theatre in out Schools national award, AATE; PTSA El Dorado Service Member; EDHS Faculty Member of the year; CA Youth in Theatre Founder-CETA Award for Outstanding State Project, Drama Teachers Association of SO CA Life Achievement, Honored on the Floor of the CA State Senate for CA Youth in Theatre Education Advocacy; Women In Theatre (W.I.T) LA award for women in education; Ojai Art Center Life Time Member, Worldwide Who’s Who.
Disney Performing Arts’ An Educators Summit: Inspiring Brilliance, August 2015; one of five Theatre educators from the nation
EdTA President’s Award September 2016
Educational Theatre Foundation Board Member 2017
Educational Theatre Association Vice President/President 2017-2021, Past President 2021-2023

American Association of Community Theatre online Journal
Theatre Folk, Guest Writer
Sage to Stage Founder and Curriculum
Secondary Schools of Theatre Association “Shop Talk”
EdTA “Teaching Theatre”
American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE) “Stage and School”
AATE Guest Editor and contributor “Stage of the Art”
Theatre Arts Curriculum, grades 7-12
CETA News Journal
CETA Position Paper 2007
Sage to Stage Curriculum, senior citizen
Osher Institute Curriculum, CSU, Channel Islands
CSU, East Bay, Curriculum professional developments
Theatre Teachers Boot camp, a nationwide PD for Theatre Educators
Drama Teachers Association of SO CA and CA Thespians Professional Adjudicators Training Manual
AACT Senior Focus Committee Survey
Workshop Curriculum, CAAE, AATE, AACT, ATHE, CETA, DTASC, CA Thespians

Lecture and Demonstrations of Six Styles of Oral Interpretation, MA Thesis Project, 1968
RAISING THE CURTAIN, Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom, Perfection Learning 2006
Break A Leg, Tips for The Theatre Educator, self-published, 2008

Interests and Volunteer Positions *Present and Past
Tri-creator/Creative Staff Making Magic, Defying Gravity (MM/DG)
AllExperts.com contributor
DramaEd.com guest writer
Theatre Folk Guest Contributor
Dames to Duchesses Creator Executive Producer and Actor, touring group of professional older actresses
Working with Robin Lithgow on AP Theatre Test
CA Youth in Theatre (CYIT) Founder, sponsored over 3000 student performances for CA legislators, 1997-12
UUVC Theatre Director
DeBenneville Pines Theatre Director
Ojai Library Reading Lady
Senior Honor Thespian Scholarship Founder-CA Thespians
Gai Jones Senior Thespian Scholarship Founder and Contributor, El Dorado High School
Theatre 150 Off the Page actor, director
Ojai Performing Arts Theatre Academy (OPATA) Education Advisory Board
Recording for the Blind, Santa Barbara,
Pet Assistant Therapy
Ojai Art Center Theatre Branch, Artistic Committee, Executive Branch, Executive Secretary
Ojai Performing Arts League
Ojai Film Festival
Ojai Shakespeare Festival
Ojai Film Society
Ojai Educational Foundation Guest Presenter
Ojai Women’s Club Presenter
Consultant CA Alliance of Arts Education working with Lobbyist and Policy Director
Leading CA Activist for Theatre credential   
Ojai Art Center Theatre Executive Board
Theater 150 Advisory Board
Workshop Leader at Ojai Youth Entertainment Studios (OYES)
Director at Elite Theatre, Ojai Art Center Theatre, and OYES
Commercial actress in television
National workshop leader and adjudicator
National commercials-actor   

Past Volunteer Positions
Theatre Consultant; Swim Team Booster Member-high school-university; Room Mother; Asst Brownie Leader; Soccer Mom; Director EDHS Faculty/Staff Talent Show and Film.

Social Media; Computing; Access Databases; Networking; Emailing; Membership Databases; Job and Materials Databases; Judges for Theatre Youth Festival Coordinator for 1900 professional theatre education adjudicators;  Virtual Theatre Creator; Sage to Stage Founder/Curriculum writer; Consulting; Story Lady; Accents; Legislative Advocator, state/national;  Networking; Helping Theatre educators; Commercial actress; Voice Over Talent; Director; Producer; National Workshop Leader on Ensemble Based Theatre Education, Commercial Actress for Daniel Hoff Agency.