Jonathan Carr grew up in the Boston area and returned to his hometown in 2005. He has directed in professional and academic settings across the Northeast including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Portsmouth, NH. Jonathan also teaches theatre at Northeastern University.
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 Clybourne Park, The 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 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.
Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, he taught at Villanova University and directed for the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theater School Institute.