"...Caren proves himself a master at keeping an audience on the edge of their seats while providing plenty of food for thought. Expect to be riveted throughout.” — Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA
Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles. His plays include Canyon (Center Theater Group/IAMA 2020 directed by Whitney White) The Recommendation (IAMA, The Flea, The Old Globe, Windy City Playhouse, Craig Noel Award for Best New Play, Ovation Best Play, NAACP nomination), Need to Know (Colt Coeur Play Hotel, Rogue Machine) and Catch the Fish (Most Outstanding Play NY Fringe). Four Woke Baes was one of The Guardian's top shows to see in the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, directed by Teddy Bergman. Canyon will be a part of Block Party in 2020 at the Kirk Douglass Theater.
His work has been developed at theaters such as Ensemble Studio Theater, Williamstown, Ars Nova, The Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout Underground, The Rattlestick, The New Group, Colt Coeur as well as developmentally at The Lark, New York Stage and Film, The Jewish Plays Project and Partial Comfort. Short plays have been showcased in The Samuel French OOB Festival, The Old Vic in London and Keen Teens. He is a member of Center Theater Group's 2020 L.A. Writer's Workshop, a former Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group member at Primary Stages, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, The New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award Winner, a two-time recipient of a fellowship to SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and a nominee for the Otis Guerney New American Playwright’s Award. Jonathan graduated from The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juilliard School and Vassar College, where he studied mythology and religion. He’s served as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. In TV, Jonathan is a co-executive producer on USA’s 4th Season of The Sinner. Past credits: ABC’s amillion little things, NBC’s Rise and Netflix’s Gypsy. He lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.