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Jonathan Carr

Associate Teaching Professor


Jonathan Carr is a teacher and director originally from the Boston area who returned to his hometown in 2005.  He 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 push the audience into dark terrain while also making them laugh.  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 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 Dead Man’s Cell PhoneClybourne ParkThe Marriage of Bette and Boo, and No. 11 (Blue and White). Professionally, he most recently directed David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and Neil Simon’s Rumors (People’s Choice Spotlight Award) for the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Jeni Mahoney’s Chuck Roast Toast and Beirut Balutis’s A Normal Story for the Boston Theatre Marathon.

Jonathan holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and a BA in Theatre and Dance from Amherst College. He trained with theatre legends 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 Introduction to Acting, Introduction to Theatre, and Viewpoints. This fall, Jonathan directs Will Eno’s Middletown at Northeastern.



Northeastern Productions Directed by Jonathan Carr

2016: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl


2015: Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris


2014: The Last Five Years, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown


2013: The Phantom Lady, by Calderón, Translated by Edwin Honig


2012: Company, Music and Lyrics by Sondheim, Book by George Furth


2011: The Marriage of Bette and Boo, by Christopher Durang


2010: *Billy Witch, by Gregory S. Moss


2009: No. 11 (Blue and White), by Alexandra Cunningham


2007: *The Death of May McAllister, by Deirdre O’Connor, (Itty Bitty Theatre)


2006: Tales of the Lost Formicans, by Constance Congdon


* world premiere production

Photography by Becca A. Lewis, Grant Terzakis, Christopher McKenzie, Nora Lindsay, Mark S. Catalano

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