Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry is a director and teacher in Chicago and Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre. NY credits include: Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated for the Roundabout Theatre and Assistant Director on the Broadway productions of This is our Youth and Of Mice and Men –both directed by Anna D. Shapiro. For Steep theater, where he is a company member; John Donnely’s The Knowledge, David Eldridge’s Festen and Deirdre Kinahan’s Moment (all Chicago Tribune, 4 Stars) as well as Nick Payne’s If There is I Haven’t Found it Yet, Ross Dungan’s The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune Top 10 lists for ’06-’07), and the mid-west premier of Howard Korder’s The Hollow Lands. For the Griffin Theater, where he is a company member, his production of Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock won the Jeff Award for Ensemble, directing, and best actor. Other productions at Griffin include: Sam Hunter’s Pocatello, the acclaimed revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead (jeff nom director/ ensemble), Sheik/ Sater’s Spring Awakening (jeff nom director/best musical), the North American premiers of Simon Stephens Port, and On the Shore of the Wide World, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, William Inge’s Picnic, JB Priestely’s Time and the Conways (Jeff nom – director/ensemble), Sidney Kingsley’s Dead End, Brendan Behan’s The Hostage and R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End. His Steppenwolf productions include Nancy Gilsenan’s adaptation of A Separate Peace, and the world premier of Melinda Lopez’s Gary. At the Goodman Theatre: the world premier of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s World of Extreme Happiness and Martin Zimmerman’s The Solid Sand Below for their New Stages Festival. Other work includes: Gift Theatre: the world premiers of both Andrew Hinderaker’s Dirty and Suicide, Incorporated as well as Shakespeare’s Othello; At Chicago Dramatists: Mr Hinderaker’s I am Going to Change the World; At Redtwist; jeff nominated productions of Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and the Midwest premier of Leslie Headland’s Reverb; At Remy Bumppo: the American premier of Ranjit Bolt’s adaptation of Beaumarchais’s The Marriage of Figaro, Theatre Mir: Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and Bond’s The Sea; for Lifeline Theater: A world premier adaptation of Daniel Mason’s novel The Piano Tuner (Afterdark award – Best Production) He pursued his MFA in directing from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Anna D, Shapiro. In 2007, the Tribunes’ Chris Jones named Mr. Berry one of the top 5 directors to watch in Chicago, while in 2008, the Tribune singled out Mr, Berry, along with David Cromer and Sean Graney, as exemplary directors working in the city. He has taught acting, directing, and viewpoints at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Act One Studios, Columbia College and The School at Steppenwolf. He received a BFA in theater performance from the University of Michigan. Upcoming projects: US premier of Laura Wade’s Posh for Steep, Midwest premier of Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor for American Theater Co, and Little Shop of Horrors for American Blues.