Jon apprenticed as an actor at the Court Theatre in the early 1980’s, before taking up academic study and gaining a B.A. (First Class Hons) from the University of Canterbury. In the 1990’s he wrote and performed the solo musical ONE MAN GUY for Bats and Depot Theatres, and performed in SONGS FOR UNCLE SCRIM, AUNT DAISY, DEAD TRAGIC and Gibson Group’s SHARK IN THE PARK.
He then spent 12 years in the USA, lecturing in media studies and theatre at the University of Illinois, North Carolina State University, and other institutions. He also led Illinois band ‘The Bludgers’ through three albums and several tours around the USA. He directed Ken Duncum’s BLUE SKY BOYS in Raleigh, North Carolina, its first overseas production.
He now largely works at the Court Theatre. There he has directed BABYLON HEIGHTS, BAGHDAD, BABY!, GOD OF CARNAGE, and the touring production of SKIN TIGHT. He has appeared (occasionally singing and dancing) in THE PRODUCERS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, ON THE ROCKS, THE TUTOR, SAVING GRACE, EROS, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE SEAGULL, and, this February before the earthquake, in two performances of Dean Parker’s MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW.
Jon also teaches and develops curricula in the Faculty of Creative Industries at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.