Nevada Jones is an Omaha-born composer of music for a variety of theatrical and recording contexts. His melody-driven themes have appeared in stage plays, short films, dance and movement productions, and audio books.
Nevada has collaborated several times with longtime friend and mentor, Kevin Lawler. Notable works from this creative partnership include the soundtrack to Lawler’s original play, The Tulip (2008), performed at Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre, and music for Lawler’s innovative production of Eugene O’Neill’s play, Hughie (2012), which transformed one of Omaha’s aging industrial locations into an experimental theater. Their current collaboration, Stranger From Paradise (2017), is Nevada’s first opera and largest musical work to date.
Other select works include the original soundtrack to a world premiere play, The Caterer (2009); and the soundtrack for a web series pilot, Secret Bedfellows (2012); both productions written and directed by Brian Alan Lane.
As a composer, Nevada is self-taught. He has trained as a singer (countertenor) with Linda Brice in Portland, Oregon. He studied piano with Emil Vajda in New York City, and Janet Guggenheim in Portland. Nevada also has a background in theater. He studied acting at The New Actor’s Workshop with George Morrison in New York City, and has performed in various community theater productions. He currently lives in Portland, where he works as a composer and voice teacher.
Role with GPTC: PlayFest Composer (Stranger from Paradise)