Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theater-maker based in Oakland, California. His play Eureka Day premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley and received all of the SF Bay Area’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Theatre Bay Area Award, and Rella Lossy Award. It then had a sold out run in New York with Colt Coeur, where it was a New York Times and Time Out New York “Critics’ Pick”, and was later produced at Mosaic Theater (Washington, DC), InterAct Theater (Philadelphia), and Spreckles Theater (Sonoma).
Other plays include This Much I Know (PlayPenn, New Harmony, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep), Good. Better. Best. Bested. (Custom Made Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), What Comes Next (Portland Stage’s Little Festival of the Unexpected), Siesta Key (Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and In From The Cold (Just Theater, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Prize). He has also developed work with Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Mugwumpin, San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire, and Theatre of NOTE. Jonathan is the recipient of a South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation, and is currently a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.
He is also the Co-Artistic Director of the Berkeley-based Just Theater, where he’s produced the Bay Area premieres of many award-winning shows including Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present…, Anne Washburn’s I Have Loved Strangers, and Rob Handel’s A Maze. Through Just Theater’s New Play Lab, he developed over 40 original full length plays including Aaron Loeb’s Ideation, Christopher Chen’s Home Invasion, and Lauren Gunderson’s Toil and Trouble. He was previously the Associate Artistic Director of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival/Playwrights Foundation, where he shepherded the development of over eighty new plays by some of country’s leading playwrights including Annie Baker, Samuel D. Hunter, Marcus Gardley, and Sheila Callaghan.
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