Chief of Civic Engagement
Jonathan brings his passion for the arts, politics, and the people of San Francisco, to his work at YBCA. Through creative placemaking, youth programming, political advocacy and community partnerships, Jonathan activates YBCA’s mission in the public realm; creatively engaging the people of San Francisco in shaping the future of our schools, neighborhoods, and city.
Prior to joining YBCA’s leadership team, Jonathan served for 15 years as artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) in Berkeley and Orinda, California. Under his leadership, Cal Shakes made a name for itself as one of the country’s premiere classical theaters, while also pioneering educational and community engagement programs that are widely regarded models of the civic role that leading arts institutions play in the life of their communities.
Jonathan is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theater through his unique and creative work.” He is a Future for Good Fellow at Institute for the Future and serves on the national board of Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project.
Jonathan continues to direct locally and around the country, and his work has been seen at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and Houston’s Alley Theater, among others. He is a proud graduate of the Yale School of Drama.