Photo Credit: Philippe Bovet
Originally from Newfoundland, Jonathan began his career as a classical pianist with a featured performance at Carnegie Hall at the age of sixteen and has since gone on to become an award-winning composer, music director, pianist, singer, actor, lyricist, writer, and educator. He was musical associate to Charles Strouse, Richard Maltby, and Alan Menken, and has served as musical director for over thirty professional productions, including Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish Productions/Segal Centre), Fun Home (Vancouver Arts Club), the world premiere of Alan Menken’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Segal Centre), and The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary, The Musical Stage Co.). As a composer, he was mentored by Adam Guettel, and trained at BMI New York’s Lehman-Engel Workshop for Musical Theatre Composers and Lyricists, winning their Harrington Award for Outstanding Musical Theatre Writer. He has also written eight musicals, including The Hockey Sweater (co-lyricist & book writer Emil Sher - NAC/Segal Centre/Rainbow Stage), Variations on a Nervous Breakdown (Lunchbox - four Betty Mitchell Awards), No Matter What (an original commission for the fifty-five voice women's choir Lady Cove), and music for A History of Summer (with Drama Desk Award Winner Adam Mathias). Additionally, he has written over twenty original scores for theatre and film, including Alice Through the Looking-Glass and Anne Frank (Stratford Festival), A Christmas Carol (NAC), and the movie A Christmas Fury (CBC). As an actor, he has performed in over seventy-five productions for theatre, film, and TV, including two shows on Broadway and three seasons at the Stratford Festival. Jonathan is a professor at Dawson College in Montreal and will commence his Doctorate in music this Fall. He will also serve as Musical Director for the next production of Hein & Sankoff's Come From Away in Gander, Newfoundland.