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 starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, and John Goodman, as well as James Lapine’s Tony Award winning Act One starring Tony Shalhoub at Lincoln Center, later televised for PBS. Off Broadway appearances include Morning’s at Seven opposite Tony Roberts, Patty McCormack and John Rubinstein, Summer and Smoke opposite Marin Ireland, and the New York premiere of Smart Blonde opposite Andréa Burns. Television appearances include “The Gilded Age” on HBO, “WeCrashed” on AppleTV+, and “Blue Bloods” on CBS. He plays Sonny in Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption II.
Jonathan has performed regionally at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Denver Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, The Old Globe, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cape Playhouse, and Virginia Repertory Theatre in a wide-reaching span of plays by Shakespeare, Williams, Miller, and Stoppard. Jonathan has developed new plays with veteran and emerging playwrights including Kristen Adele, Chris Barlow, Evelina Fernández, Siobhan Gilbert, John Guare, Willy Holtzman, Drew Larimore, Peter Macklin, and Kate Tarker. He has also enjoyed appearances in both 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 You Like It, The Tempest, and Richard III all directed by former Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Adrian Noble. 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’s one-man-and-a-piano show Rodgersandhart, recounting the final days of lyricist Lorenz Hart, received a workshop 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. Jonathan is originally from Windsor, Virginia.