Jonathan was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Chicago one week after finishing undergrad to attend the School at Steppenwolf. With the program having ended and no school or job or burning desire to go running back to NYC, he decided to stay in Chicago for a month or two and six years later he left to get his MFA at UCLA. In those six years here, the first professional production he was cast in was Incident at Vichy at Steep. Following his performances at Steep in Pleasanton and The Night Heron (in which he introduced full-frontal nudity to the Steep stage), he was fortunate enough to be made a company member. Jonathan originated the position of Steep's official casting director, and proudly held that position for five years. Favorite Steep performances include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Breathing Corpses, In Arabia We'd All be Kings (which Steep won the Jeff Award for Best Ensemble), The Hollow Lands, and Harper Regan.
Other Chicago theatre acting credits include Writers' Theatre, Lookingglass, the Griffin, Redmoon, and Pine Box (of which he is also a member). Regionally, he has acted with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Jonathan took a hiatus from acting in the fall of 2010 to receive his MFA in Playwriting at UCLA, although while in LA, he was fortunate enough to be cast in David Cromer's Los Angeles production of Our Town starring Helen Hunt. He graduated from UCLA in 2013 and is currently a NYC-based playwright represented by Abrams Artists Agency. As a writer, his plays have been developed at the Lark Play Development Center in NYC, and he has been the recipient of the Marianne Murphy Fellowship, the Army Archerd Fellowship, the Fred Thorp Fellowship, the Lucille Karayan scholarship, and he has been a nominee for the Humanitas Award in Comedy, the Samuel Goldwyn Award, and his one-act play, Kathleen Turner's Ear, was a 2012 finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Festival until Hurricane Sandy shut the whole thing down. He hopes his future plays won't be faced with such distractions.
Steep Theatre Productions
2,000 Feet Away, Harper Regan, The Hollow Lands, In Arabia We'd All be Kings, Seven Days, Breathing Corpses, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Night Heron, Pleasanton, Incident at Vichy
Kathleen Turner's Ear - 2012 Samuel French
Short Play Festival (playwright)
Our Town - The Broad Stage
Picnic - Writers' Theatre
NEED/hedges 3 - Pine Box Theatre Company
The Wooden Breeks - Lookingglass
Borders of Paradise - BIG Theater
Life & Limb - Pine Box Theatre Company
Ich Wunsche Den Schoenen... - Speaking Ring
Frindle - Griffin Theatre Company
Ubu the King - Williamstown Theatre Festival