Elayne Jones portrait

Feminist Futures Fellows: Grace Wang and Julie Wyman

We're proud to introduce you to the work of our 2019-2020 cohort, the Feminist Collaboratory Fellows. The year's research theme is Feminist Futures. We asked each fellow to participate in a video or written project to display their work and explore the theme further. This is the sixth installment in the series.

Instrumental: The Elayne Jones Project –FRI Fellows Grace Wang and Julie Wyman in Conversation

On May 29th, Anna Ward joined two of this year’s FRI faculty fellows, Grace Wang (American Studies) and Julie Wyman (Cinema and Digital Media) for a discussion of the documentary film they’re working on, Instrumental: The Elayne Jones Project.

Funded in part by FRI, Wang and Wyman’s film profiles the life and legacy of Elayne Jones, an accomplished timpanist and the first African American percussionist to hold a principal position in a major symphony orchestra.

Watch our interview with Wang and Wyman now:


The fillmmakers graciously shared a rough clip of the film-in-progress with the FRI community, you can watch it now on YouTube.

Find out more about Jones on the Percussive Arts Society website.