|2018 – 2019||The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching|
|2000 – 2003||Middlesex University, BA Performing Arts Drama|
From a young age Jonathan had a love of rhythm and music. In particular he was drawn to the songs, and effortless and precise dance skills of Michael Jackson. This developed into a passion for theatre and whilst exploring ‘Greek Chorus’ in a youth theatre production of Oedipus he realised that the body was key to the communication and relationship between actor, audience and space. His interest in movement deepened at Middlesex University, where he studied mask, bouffon, devising, chorus, improvisation and clown under the tutelage of John Wright. Following this, he worked with numerous companies and directors as an actor, and developed performance skills in puppetry and stage combat. Jonathan also has a musical background as a drummer and percussionist and was the front man of the theatrical post-punk grunge band Myernark, which he formed and created music for.
He later combined all of this experience into developing the theatre company, NMT Automatics, which updates classical texts and myths, giving them relevance to a modern audience, fusing dance and drama and taking music as a primary source of inspiration. As Artistic Director he has produced, written, and created narrative based work that has explored free movement, choreography, multi-media, object manipulation, expressionism, naturalism, epic, poor and total theatre. Productions have been performed in non-conventional spaces in Berlin and London, as well as theatres, museums and festivals UK wide, including several ACE funded tours.
In order to gain a greater understanding of movement, the body, and his practise, he completed an MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019, and now has an approach influenced by experiential anatomy, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Eurythmics, Lecoq’s sense of play and cognitive science; with a particular interest in the role of stillness, rhythm and metaphor in creating embodied action.
PRODUCTIONS AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
AS A MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
2019 Movement Director, Dinosaur puppet creature, Emily Whiteman, Short film, facilitated the animalistic movement characteristics of the full bodied puppet worn by the puppeteer.
AS A MOVEMENT TEACHER
2021 Greek Tragedy, ensemble and chorus to MA Classical Acting, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in collaboration with Ingrid MacKinnon. Developed and delivered a curriculum with a focus on rhythm, dance, antiphone, and mask.
2015 – 2018 NMT Automatics, workshops at UK tour venues working community participants of ages 10 to 96 of all abilities into a Greek chorus to perform with professionals on Dido & Aeneas: Remixed and Pandora’s Box.
MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE (WHILST ON THE MA MOVEMENT: DIRECTING AND TEACHING)
2019 Movement teacher to BA Theatre Practice: Puppetry and Design, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, mentored by Ioli Filippakopoulou, developed and delivered a curriculum with a focus on body prep, body consciousness and physical dynamics including fixed points, stillness, rhythm, materials, clown and play.
2019 Movement Director, A Message From The Sea, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Little Angel Theatre, tour. Ensemble, storytelling, clown, physical dynamics and support for the overall physical language of the piece.
2019 Movement Director, False Flag, 3rd year BA American Theatre at Rose Bruford College, Director Steve Dykes. Enhancing physical awareness, character movement, and exploring stillness for live camera and theatre for achieving authentic actions in multi-media piece of new writing.
2019 Movement Director, Liberation Hypothesis, 3rd year BA American Theatre at Rose Bruford College, Director Steve Dykes. Enhancing physical awareness, character movement, facilitating devised movement sequences and exploring stillness for live camera and theatre for achieving authentic actions in multi-media piece of contemporary theatre.
SELECTED DIRECTING EXPERIENCE
2018 Co-director, Pandora’s Box, Greenwich Theatre and Tour, NMT Automatics, also produced, wrote and performed
2016 -2017 Director, Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily, The British Museum and Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, NMT Automatics, also produced, adapted and performed
2014 Directed, The Orpheus Project, Edinburgh C Too & The So & So ON Festival, London, NMT Automatics, also produced, co-wrote and performed
SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2018-2019 Mary Dunne Theatre school, London. Regular drama workshops with young people.
2011 onwards Creative Spotlight, facilitated various workshops involving drama at secondary and primary schools across London.
Devising movement, Greek Tragedy, chorus work, comedy, physical theatre, inclusive practice, reading music, drums and percussion, clown, comedy, physical theatre, improvisation, children’s theatre, puppetry, chorus, writer