Jonathan is a theatre director and writer, specialising in new writing and work for young people. He was Associate Director at Soho Theatre for nine years, where he set up and ran the company’s education and outreach programme. He was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre, one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated to work for children and young people, from 2007-2013. Before joining Solar Bear he was Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.
As a theatre director, he has directed 14 plays at Pegasus and Polka Theatre and many new plays at Soho Theatre and others including freelance work at the Bush, Donmar Warehouse, Barbican Pit, Birmingham Rep and Gate Theatre. Most recently, he has directed Toby Whithouse’s Executioner Number One at Soho Theatre, and a schools tour across Oxfordshire of Ali Taylor’s Under My Skin, for Pegasus Theatre.
His adaptations for young audiences include Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Odyssey, Allan Ahlberg’s The Jolly Postman and Oliver Postgate’s Bagpuss. In 2016-17 he was Cheltenham Festivals/First Story’s Writer-in-Residence at Severn Vale School in Gloucester. Jonathan was a fellow with the Clore Leadership Programme 2005/06, a board member of Deafinitely Theatre and a governor at two schools in London and Oxford.