Carly Prentis Jones is currently living and performing in her rapidly growing hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. As a versatile, singing actress, Carly performs a wide variety of repertoire including opera, musical theater, classical and contemporary theater. Director of The Justice Theater Project, Deb Royals, describes her as “a magical performer, breathing beauty and life into all that she does.”
Carly Prentis Jones has worked in several local theatrical venues including North Carolina Theatre, The Justice Theatre Project, Theatre Raleigh, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Triangle Opera Studios, and North Carolina Opera Company. Carly debuted in the Triangle area as the title role of Dreaming Star Production’s Esther written by the late local composer and playwright, Pali Delevitt. Dr. Al Sturgis, Musical Director of the North Carolina Master Chorale and of Esther, describes Ms. Jones as “a passionate expressive singer who internalizes every note of every phrase”. Carly’s most recent performing credits include: The How & The Why, Our Town, Grease, The Color Purple, The Secret Garden, Carousel, The Wiz, Romeo & Juliet, Ragtime, and For Colored Girls.
Carly Prentis Jones was formally educated in Vocal Performance and Arts Administration at Miami University in Ohio. She received additional training from La Musica Lirica’s summer young artist program in Novafeltria, Italy. Ms. Jones continues to study voice and is an active recitalist. Recently, she has started the “Voices for Justice” concert series that brings together performers from throughout the Triangle area to sing for important social justice causes. In recent years, she performed along with her colleagues in a recitals that raised money organizations supporting arts education, women’s equality, and Black Lives Matter.
When she is not on stage, Carly works in the nonprofit arts sector and is an advocate for the arts in the Triangle area. She is also vocal and passionate about social justice issues, which has been demonstrated through her activism work with The Women's March on Raleigh and collaborations with various social change organizations. Carly's "sweet spot" is when her two passions - the arts and activism - are combined to create the most powerful form of expression - artistic activism. Inspired by Nina Simone's quote, "An artist's duty is to reflect the times"; Carly believes that the arts can be used as a unique tool to cultivate empathy and bridge divisions throughout our diverse country. Carly considers every role to be a chance to broaden her knowledge of the human experience, and to grow both as a performer and as a person.