HART DECOR THEATER

Jonathan GeeneN

Director / Actor / Teacher

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Jonathan’s work has taken him from Toronto to Vancouver, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, and Amsterdam respectively. He began his professional acting career with the Oakville Festival of Classics (dir. Michael Shamata), appearing in their 2002 Season in Macbeth. Other notable professional credits in Canada include an appearance in A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper), Ferdinand in The Tempest (Festival of Classics, 2003 Season), Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and John Rugby in Merry Wives of Windsor (Bard on the Beach, 2004 Season). He has amassed various credits in TV, and Film during his career abroad. Of note, Life Changes produced by Red Gate International (dir. Mark Ceolin).

His directing career began with East West Theatre in Shanghai. He was Artistic Director for 3 seasons staging 12 full length productions. Favorites for EWT include; Our Town, Life x 3, Waiting for Godot, The Master Builder, and Awake and Sing!

Following a successful run of The Faith Show at the Toronto Fringe in 2009 Jonathan began working with Down n’ Out Productions in Toronto. Their production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room (2010) was nominated for a Dora Award by the Toronto Association of Professional Theatres for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. The same year, a production of Nick Yu’s Drift for Shanghai Repertory Theatre played at the 2010 Asian Contemporary Theatre Festival in Shanghai. He also appeared as a guest director for the Sault Musical Comedy Guild (She Loves Me) by special arrangement with Canadian Actor’s Equity Association.

While continuing work with Down n’ Out in Toronto (The Dining Room remount 2011, All in the Timing, 2012) he teamed up with 3rd Culture Theatre of Shanghai. For 3rd Culture theatre ARTThe Odd Couple, and I Am My Own Wife were followed by a commissioned piece in English and Mandarin for the Jingan District Government in Shanghai (7 Days in Jingan). His final production with 3rd Culture was their adaptation of The Merchant of Venice which was work shopped in cooperation with The Royal Shakespeare Company in London (2013).

Jonathan has continued his directing career in Amsterdam working with Hart Decor Theater where his production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie introduced his work to the local scene. Other Amsterdam credits include play polisher for Cabaret (InPlayers Amsterdam), a workshop of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) for Hart Decor, None the Wiser (Inplayers Amsterdam), Looking for a Better Berry Bush and Workout (InPlayers Amsterdam, FEATS 2019 Fringe).

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