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Jonathan Marten
Artistic Director

Directing Resume

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Jonathan Marten has an extensive background as actor, director and teacher.  The former Artistic Director of New York's Friendship Theatre Co. and the Hampton Roads Center for the Performing Arts, Jonathan has more than 50 productions to his directorial credit.  Among his favorites are Luv, Standing On My Knees, Company, Social Security, Tomfoolery, Blood Ties, The Birds Do It (which he also wrote), Manly Men:  An Evening Chock Full of Lies and Testosterone (both the 2nd Story and original New York productions), Supernormal Clutches and the world premiere of Player's Joy, which he also restaged for the film version.

Jonathan has taught acting and offered seminars for companies around the country.  Prior to returning to ART, he taught scene study and audition technique at New York City's Creative Acting Company.  His most recent stage appearance was in As You Like It, for The Shakespeare Project in Frederick, MD.  Other roles played on New York and regional stages include Lenny Bruce in Julian Barry's Lenny, an award-winning performance as Roy Cohn in Tony Kushner's Angels In America:  Millennium Approaches, Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues, Mozart in Amadeus, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Drew in Eastern Standard, Vito in P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, and the lead role of Fred in the off-Broadway premiere of The Christmas Carol Conspiracy:  Scrooge's Revenge.  Musical appearances include the national tours of Grease and Godspell, as well as regional appearances in Personals, and as Fagin in Oliver.

Television viewers have seen Jonathan in a recurring role of the soap opera The Edge of Night, and, more recently, on the ABC sitcom, Spin City, opposite Michael J. Fox.  He also had the starring role of Nick in In The Balance, and was seen in the Family Channel movie, Mother's Day, with Malcolm Jamal Warner, Denise Nicholas and Jose Ferrer (Mother's Day was also notable in that Jonathan was — for the first time — joined on-screen by his brothers Seth and Ethan, who also had roles in the film, as well as their brother Richard, who made a cameo appearance).  Jonathan's most recent film appearances include the feature Eddie, opposite Whoopi Goldberg (also featuring his brother, Ethan), Woody Allen's Celebrity with Kenneth Branaugh and Winona Ryder, and Stepmom, with Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts. 

Jonathan is also the creator and co-author (with his partner, Joe Doyle) of The Reel Life, a play and screenplay satirizing the film industry, now in development with ART.

Jonathan studied acting with Lee and John Strasberg at the Lee Stasberg Theatre Institute, with Eric Loeb at the Eric Loeb Studio, The American Theatre of Actors, The Actor's Institute, The School For Film & Television, and at Emerson College.  Jonathan is also the proud husband of ART Managing Director Tanya Marten.

Contact:  jonathan@actors-rep.org

 

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