Jonathan Stahl calls New York City home, but grew up in the picturesque countryside of Pennsylvania. He has had a fortunate and diverse career, having done everything from Ballet to Broadway and everywhere from Denver to Dubai.
Striving for continual challenges in the Arts, Jonathan has added directing and choreography to his lists of skills – but still loves the opportunity to perform and teach.
After high school, Jonathan attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory (now University) majoring in Musical Theatre. He left after two years wanting to concentrate his training on dance. Although Jonathan started dance training “late”, he trained rigorously at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and was dancing in a ballet company after a year and a half.
This chapter took him to the Midwest where he spent time dancing in professional companies. He landed in Chicago and from there he was given his first of many lives with the musical CATS for which he traveled to Hamburg Germany. After that experience, Jonathan returned to Chicago, which is when he began his full transition back to musical theatre.
Moving to New York began a new chapter. In New York City he was fortunate to continue his career, locally and regionally. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, CATS, SWING!, and CINDERELLA, kept him in NYC, but regional theatres have kept him in theatre He has had the honor to perform at Westchester Broadway Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Northshore Musical Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and Pittsburgh CLO.
As he continues a new chapter as a director/choreographer, Jonathan hopes to work with fellow performers to create a collaborative environment that gives him the opportunity to share some of what he has learned over the years, but also to continue to learn as well. His first full production directing and choreographing, NINE starring Bob Cuciolli, started with much critical success and he strives to continue that tradition.
Teaching is another outlet that gives him this cherished opportunity to share his knowledge while still learning from students. He has done this most of his professional career and always enjoys any opportunity to teach. BUT, he still values being on stage since continued performing work keeps him in touch with his roots and passions.