Rebecca is founder and Artistic Director of Just Jones &. She studied French and German at Oxford University and French and Drama at University of London/Central School.
In 2012, she became the first UK recipient of an Ibsen Scholarship for her innovative approach to staging Ibsen.
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You cannot help but feel involved – innovative adaptation a powerful production – EXEUNT 4 stars on An Enemy of the People
You made us all feel so welcome, it’s like we’ve known you for ages, much more than three days… Participant community chorus An Enemy of the People
“Rebecca is a talented, passionate and exciting artist with real skill in selecting and inspiring the teams that work with her. Her achievements at the Exeter Northcott are extremely impressive. An extremely exciting artist and leader.” – Kate Tyrrell – formerly CEO Exeter Northcott
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Rebecca Manson Jones
Rebecca is founder artistic director of Just Jones &. In 2012 she was the first UK recipient of the Ibsen Scholarship from Norway Ministry of Arts for her innovative staging & adaptation of An Enemy of the People which toured nationally in 2013 in the UK and involved over 200 participants writing parts for and performing the roles of local residents (which they were).
The performance involved a genuine vote involving cast, community performers and audience so that there were two endings each one for each possible outcome and performed according to the weight of opinion.
In 2014, Rebecca led a residency at Dartington to collaborate with award-winning writer David Lane on Artist in a Happy City (working title – in development for 2017) part theatre, part cabaret, part game inspired by grassroots activism, her involvement with What Next and the rise and rise of new political movements. Also in 2014 she was invited by Southwark Arts Service to curate the arts development pop up in a former Edwardian Library in SE London neighbouring the Aylesbury Estate. Over 15 months the Wells Way Pop Up up worked with emerging artists in all arts forms, community groups, and arts producers, mentoring 3 people into arts and third sector roles.
In 2015, Just Jones & won the Bentley commission to create new short plays in a former mining community, Bentley Max involved 100 people in fresh stories and images for their own in pop up workshops held in a mobile shed. For JJ& she has also directed Brockley More (tiny plays), Theatre Uncut and As You Like It – In a Day.
Previously Rebecca held senior arts roles at Exeter Northcott as programmer and director of in-house work and The Almeida Theatre as founder-director of Almeida Projects – community engagement and professional development programme. Her work fostering diversity in these roles has been cited as a model of good practice by ACE.
Prior to Just Jones &, Rebecca’s directing credits include: A Doll’s House, Mother Goose (as co-writer), The Big Read, Beyond Nora, Trading Local (with Show of Strength) all at Exeter Northcott as its Creative Director; conception & creation of Out of the Fog (with Roy Williams), writing and direction SICK! ( after The Hypochondriac with Fin Kennedy and Moliere) Hanging by a Thread & conception and creative producing WRITE. new writing festival – all at the Almeida Theatre as founder Director of Almeida Projects; Vibrant Festival at the Finborough, Write Now at at Brockley Jack, Richmond & Twickenham Festival.
She has led new writing programmes for Exeter Northcott, the Almeida, Soho Theatre, Actors Touring Company (as Associate Director) and Frontline as well as developing new work as a freelance and participatory projects for the Donmar, Royal Court, Theatre Museum/V&A, & West End Theatres. Rebecca has held the roles of Creative Director at Exeter Northcott Theatre, Founder and Director of Almeida Projects at The Almeida Theatre, collaborating with writers such as Roy Williams, Fin Kennedy, David Eldridge and Associate Director of ATC collaborating with Nick Phillipou, Rose English, Deborah Levy and Michael Wynne.
She is a trustee of Oily Cart Theatre co-convener of What’s Next Southwark, regular attender of What Next Young Vic and has been invited to be an assessor for Total Theatre 2016.
In 2016, Rebecca stood as one of the first ever candidates for the Women’s Equality Party in the London Assembly elections and is researching new forms of democracy and grass roots government.
She is a skilled accredited action learning facilitator with ALA funded by the Cultural Leadership Programme.
“There’s something exhilarating about the freedom with which Manson Jones operates here: Devotees of Ibsen may cavil at the liberties taken but they never feel superfluous – Malin (Dr Stockmann) more than justifies the gender-swapping [-] with a a sensational performance and she reinvigorates the sibling tension with her Mayor brother beautifully. The fractured narrative of our particular ending felt powerfully persuasive too, making this an adaptation of Ibsen well-worth catching.” 4 stars – one stop arts