Douglas Jones was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia. His plays for young audiences have toured through_out the United States. His play The Nose earned him an invitation to Actors Theatre of Louisville's "Classics in Context" Festival in 1988. His musical Bojangles (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sammy Cahn) premiered as the centerpiece of Barksdale Theatre's [Richmond, Virginia] 40th anniversary season in 1993; Variety praised the play for its "remarkable book." Jones has taught writing at the University of Virginia, the UVA School for Continuing Education, Henrico Center for the Arts, Collegiate School, Theatre Virginia and the Virginia Opera. He has published short stories, poetry and an article about James Hogg's Justified Sinner. Current projects include a collection of original songs and monologues about mental illness called Songs from Bedlam. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.