Jonathan Seinen is an Assistant Professor in the Theater Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. Over the past fifteen years, Jonathan has worked extensively as a theater artist across Canada. He has collaborated on new devised works, with an emphasis on environmental and identity topics, based on field research, autobiography and the body, primarily through Architect Theatre (Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show), Saga Collectif (Black Boys), and Boys in Chairs Collective (Access Me). Directing credits include Cabaret, Our Town and The Seagull at Columbia University, Ho Ka Kei’s Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), nominated for seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and site-specific productions of Hamlet and Jean Genet’s Deathwatch. As an actor, he has appeared in classic plays and new works with the Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Studio 180 Theatre, and lemonTree creations. As a playwright, his first play [ice land] was published in Hot Thespian Action! Ten Premier Plays from Walterdale Playhouse, and was co-creator of Charisma Furs, published in Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts which was nominated for the LAMDBA Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology. He was a participate in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Directing at the Stratford Festival, in Canadian Stage’s RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development Residency, and in the Banff Centre/Citadel Theatre’s Professional Theatre Training Program. He is an Acting graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada, and holds a BA Honours in Drama from the University of Alberta and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. Seinen is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
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