Jonathan Christenson

Jonathan is a writer, director and composer who has spearheaded the creation of twenty-two original Canadian productions, many of which have had an international reach.  He has directed at more than 85 theatres across Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and the United States, including in London's West End and New York's Broadway district. His work has been recognized with more than 40 British, Canadian and American awards and nominations including the Siminovitch Prize, the Lucille Lortel Awards, the Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, the Herald Angel Awards, the Stage Awards, the Dora Awards, the SAT Awards, the Betty Mitchell Awards, The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, and the Alberta Book Awards.  He has been published in the United States by Playscripts, and in Canada by Playwrights Canada Press, Newest Press and Bayeaux Arts.  Recordings of his music can be found on iTunes and at Broadway Records, and his productions are featured in American Theatre, Maclean’s, Canadian Theatre Review, and PRISM International.  Jonathan has led seminars at Columbia University, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Dramaworks, McEwan University and the University of Alberta, where he has been the Mary Mooney Distinguished Visiting Artist and where he has taughtin the graduate directing and undergraduate acting programs.  In his role as artistic director of Catalyst Theatre, he was instrumental in the creation of a 150-seat black box theatre in Edmonton which was the company's home from 1996 to 2015, he co-created and co-curated an international presenting series which hosted the work of artists from across Canada, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland and England, and he created three multi-disciplinary performance events that brought together more than fifty Edmonton-based artists from theatre, music, visual art, dance, and the media arts.  Over the past three years, Jonathan has played a central role in the relocation of Catalyst Theatre to the company's new creation centre in the Citadel Theatre complex, and in refurbishing the 700-seat Maclab Theatre that Catalyst now calls its home.