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 received her formal musical and theatrical training from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She received additional operatic training from La Musica Lirica’s summer young artist program in Novafeltria, Italy. 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”.
Since then, Carly has expanded her repertoire - performing comedic and dramatic roles in contemporary theatre, Shakespearean classics, musical theatre and even some film. She has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of theatrical directors and playwrights from throughout the country and considers each experience as a chance to learn and develop. Carly has worked in several local performing arts 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 is also an active recitalist and soloist throughout the region.
Some of her most favorite performance credits include: Rachel in The How & The Why (Triangle Women’s Theatre Festival); Ms. Lynch in Grease (North Carolina Theatre); Justice in Rock of Ages and Nettie in Carousel (Theatre Raleigh); Lady In Green in For Colored Girls..., and Dorothy in The Wiz (Burning Coal Theatre); Colleen/Marge in Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play and Baba Yaga in The Fairytale Live of Russian Girls (Manbites Dog Theatre); Nettie in The Color Purple, Sarah in Ragtime, and Lily in The Secret Garden (Justice Theatre Project).
When she is not on stage, Carly works in the nonprofit arts sector and is an advocate for the arts in the Triangle area. Carly enjoys the storytelling aspect of the stage and considers every role to be a chance to broaden her knowledge of the human experience - growing both, as a performer and as a person.