Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Jonathan has spent a lifetime telling stories, exploring truths, and sharing in the richness of cultures around him. Growing up a middle child, he honed his passion for performance through classes at Hochstein School of Music and as a member of the Maplewood Community Center’s Flower City Players.
Jonathan went on to earn his BA in Speech and Theatre from St. Lawrence University with minors in Biology and Education, and has enjoyed a career teaching, mentoring, and developing students in higher education for nearly 20 years. Supporting and championing underrepresented students in college is at the heart of Jonathan’s professional work in the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at RIT. Jonathan also serves as an adjunct professor, with experience teaching Year One Seminar, RIT 365, and Motivation & Wellness all at RIT. Additionally, he recently taught Script Analysis for Geva Theater Center’s Summer Academy.
Theatre and performance have always been at the center of Jonathan’s heart and life. He has appeared in numerous productions locally and regionally, and has a resume that includes small screen, stage, and voice work. Favorite roles include Brian in Avenue Q (Blackfriars), the title role in Othello (Shakespeare Players of Rochester), Daniel Woolfe in Closer (Method Machine), and the voice of Dracula in PUSH Physical Theatre’s Dracula. Favorite readings include Hamilton (Geva), Katherine's Colored Lieutenant (Geva), and directing Skeleton Crew for Hourglass Play Reading Series (Blackfriars).
Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for Blackfriars Theatre, the Alumni Board at Allendale Columbia School, and is a former member of the William Warfield Scholarship Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves on the Education Committee of the Seneca Park Zoo Society Board and the Marketing and Fundraising Committee of Leadership Rochester.