Jonathan Carr has directed in professional and academic settings across the Northeast including Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, he taught at Villanova University and directed for the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theater School Institute.
As a director at home in many styles, Jonathan loves plays that bring the audience into dark terrain while they are laughing. His taste ranges from new work — including the two world premieres Billy Witch by Gregory S. Moss and The Death of May McAllister by Deirdre O’Connor — to neglected classics like Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and Calderón’s The Phantom Lady. Among his many productions at Northeastern, he has directed the musicals Company and The Last Five Years; and contemporary plays such as The Antipodes, Middletown, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Clybourne Park, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, and No. 11 (Blue and White). Professionally, he directed David Auburn’s Proof and Neil Simon’s Rumors (People’s Choice Spotlight Award) for the Seacoast Repertory Theatre; and several plays for the Boston Theatre Marathon, including Swans by his colleague Melinda Lopez and Closing Doors by John Minigan.
Jonathan holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and a BA in Theatre and Dance from Amherst College. He trained with Anne Bogart, Robert Woodruff, Andrei Serban, Kristin Linklater, and Vjacheslav Dolgachev, among others. His Columbia thesis production of Gombrowicz’s Princess Ivona typified his explorations of strange, dark European plays, which he enjoys to this day.
Jonathan teaches Viewpoints, Directing, Introduction to Acting, Introduction to Theatre, and Improvisation.