Jonathan Spivey is a classically trained American actor based in New York City. On Broadway, he appeared in the Tony nominated revival of The Front Page directed by Jack O’Brien starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, and John Goodman, as well as James Lapine’s Tony Award winning production of Act One starring Tony Shalhoub at Lincoln Center, later televised for PBS. He appeared off Broadway in Summer and Smoke at Classic Stage Company, coproduced with Transport Group, and in the New York premiere of Smart Blonde at 59E59. He voiced and provided the physicality for the character of Sonny in Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption II.
Jonathan has performed for some of the most prestigious regional theatres in the United States including Yale Repertory Theatre, the Denver Center, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Barrington Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cape Playhouse, and Virginia Repertory Theatre in a wide-reaching span of works including plays by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, and Ken Ludwig. Jonathan has developed new plays with veteran and emerging playwrights including John Guare, Willy Holtzman, Kate Tarker, Kristen Adele, Peter Macklin, Chris Barlow, and Siobhan Gilbert. He has also performed in a wide span of new and established musicals.
He received his Masters of Fine Arts in classical acting at The Old Globe in San Diego where he appeared in Pam MacKinnon’s critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman as well as As You Like It and The Tempest directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Adrian Noble. During his graduate studies, he was awarded the Craig Nowel Fellowship for demonstration of exceptional academic promise. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Richmond.
Jonathan also enjoys a prolific career as a playwright and composer/lyricist. His one-man-and-a-piano show Rodgersandhart, recounting the final days of lyricist Lorenz Hart, recently received its workshop premiere at Radford University in Virginia after a staged reading at Dixon Place in New York City. With collaborator Andy Nagraj, Jonathan co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical Murphy’s Law which received its professional premiere in Pittsburgh in 2016. The writing team’s two-person play Talmadge & Ray was workshopped at Silk Road Rising in Chicago in 2018 and was one of four finalists out of ninety-one submissions in the inaugural SoQueer Playwriting Festival. Jonathan is originally from Windsor, Virginia.