Born and raised in Vermont, Miranda Ferriss Jones is a songwriter, theater creator, and performer whose work focuses on feminine identity and explores the spaces between binaries. Miranda’s biracial identity and multicultural upbringing inspire the stories she tells and the music she creates. Miranda studied at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and Yale University. After traveling the world with her acapella group, Whim and Rhythm (the female equivalent of the Whiffenpoofs) and a brief stint performing in regional theater, Miranda turned her attention to composition.
Her show The Precipice was developed and produced by Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead, and written in collaboration with Weir’s longtime pianist Jeff Chimenti. The Precipice received grants from the Furthur and Rex and Wattis foundations as well as a developmental workshop at Z Space. Miranda was a participant in the esteemed BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was commissioned to compose a new musical about 19th century sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Emma Stebbins. Miranda’s two-woman musical, Showing Up, enjoyed sold out runs at Vermont’s Town Hall theater and is preparing for a regional theater tour. Her concept album Spiral Bound was awarded a workshop staging by the Montclair Theatre Project, and is looking forward to a NYC theatrical premiere in 2023. Demos of Spiral Bound and The Precipice have been recorded by Broadway star Laura Benanti, who has become a close collaborator and producorial advocate of Miranda’s work. Miranda’s original music has been brought to life by legendary performers including Micaela Diamond (Cher), Andrea Macasaet (SIX), Morgan Dudley (Jagged Little Pill), Jay Lane and Rob Wasserman (Ratdog), and Yair Evnine and Lee Nadel (orchestrators of Waitress). Additionally, Miranda has composed over twenty original children’s shows that have been produced at schools in San Francisco and New York.
Miranda fulfills her mission to help women tap into their artistry and claim the power of their voices through her creative coaching practice and workshops. A community organizer, her activism around educational equity and women’s rights reflect her commitment to social justice through storytelling and artful gatherings.