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Jonathan Stuart Cerullo an award-winning director-choreographer and executive producer has maintained a career in professional entertainment which spans 35 years to include Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, National Tours, International, Symphony Concerts and Cabaret, Film, and Television, and the Circus Arts.
2020 was a year no one will soon forget. With theatres shut Jonathan took up the mantel to help by reuniting the National Tour of CATS where he played Skinmbleshanks and conceived, produced, and directed With Love, Now And Forever! CATS4COVID Relief. Their company raised over $23,000 for the Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for The Actors Fund. Earlier in the year, he directed Jen Chapin's Essential Stories, Jen is the daughter of Harry Chapin.
In 2019 not only did he write and stage Amas @50 celebrating Amas Musical Theatre's 50th Anniversary honoring Harry Belafonte and The Temptations manager, Shelly Berger he became an Artistic Associate of the organization. The concert was hosted by Tony Award-winner Lillias White and featured Leslie Uggams, Hamilton's Christopher Jackson, and Tony Award-winner Len Cariou. He also directed the industry reading of Carol of Carroll Gardens starring Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba and Panther City at the Fort Worth Tx. Arts Center.
In 2018 Jonathan had the great pleasure of directing and choreographing the critically acclaimed all-male version of The Boys from Syracuse at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre in NYC. In 2017 he produced and directed the sold-out 30th Anniversary Concert of the Tony-nominated musical Legs Diamond at Feinstein’s / 54 Below gathering back many of the original cast members. Earlier in 2017 he created, wrote, and directed for Tony Award-winning lyricists and composer, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, The Flip Side, The Unknown Gems of Ahrens and Flaherty and No Foolin’ at Amas Music Theatre.
Prior to this he directed and choreographed the award-winning musical, Chance for the Fresh Fruit Festival which won the Fruity Award for Outstanding Production Design and Outstanding Performance in a Musical for Courter Simmons, and won Best Director for Fictitious, a new musical by Paul Cozby and Tom Hyndman at SOUNDBITES sponsored by Disney Theatricals and Music Theater International for Theatre Now New York. For the N.Y. Musical Festival (NYMF) he has directed, Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets, choreographed Lisa and Leonardo, and Under Fire, which won the NYMF 2009 Best of Fest, and he produced Orphan Train directed by Emmy Award-winning director Patricia Birch. Off-Broadway Jonathan directed and staged Harold Rome’s musical revue, Pins and Needles at La Mama ETC | HOWL Festival, Willie and Me, The Emmett Kelly Story. Earlier in his career he choreographed, Midsummer Nights for Musical Theatre Works, Wonderful Town at the Equity Library Theatre, and directed Uta Hagen’s 50-Year Tribute hosted by Matthew Broderick and Celeste Holm.
For television Jonathan has choreographed, “Orpheus in the Underworld” for, Great Performances; Evening At Pops, and “Dear Mr. Gershwin”, at Canada’s Royal Theatre for CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was assistant to the choreographer on, “The First Wives Club”, Donny Osmond's “This Is The Moment”, and “Natalie Cole’s Christmas Special”. Jonathan also had the pleasure of working with Bette Midler by creating the Special Effects Movement for her in Paramount Pictures, “The Stepford Wives”. He also has directed and choreographed for Studio Festi and the New York City “2010 Columbus Day Parade” hosted by television personality Maria Bartiromo, this was broadcast live on both NBC and in Italy on RAI TV. He also conceived, produced, and directed the SDC Foundation's tribute video for the Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.
He also choreographed the Big Apple Circus’ Carnivale! and Picturesque at Lincoln Center and was choreography consultant for the Broadway production of, Say Goodnight, Gracie starring the late Frank Gorshin. Additional Broadway credits include assistant director/choreographer for Band In Berlin, associate choreographer for Anna Karenina, and production assistant to two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, Joe Layton on The Three Musketeers.
As a dancer, he was featured in the Broadway production of Legs Diamond, the National Tour of both CATS, and played Big Daddy in Fosse’s Sweet Charity starring Tony Award-winner, Donna McKechnie.
Regionally he choreographed Camelot at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, was the private dance instructor to Uta Hagen in Six Dance Lessons at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Premiered as director and co-author of, The Fifth Dentist in Search of Sid’s Treasure starring comedian Mike King at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and has worked at Theatre by the Sea, North Shore Music Theatre.
He is a proud member of SDC, the Stage Director and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, The Dramatist Guild, and the Drama League, and was honored to serve as Vice-Chair on the SDC Foundation Callaway Award Committee as well as a nominator for the prestigious Lucille Lortel Awards recognizing Off-Broadway theatre. He sat on the Alumni Board for N.Y. Music Festival is an Artistic Advisor for the Music Theatre Factory and volunteers his time to BC|EFA.
Jonathan created JSCTheatricals, LLC in 2013 and under this banner has produced numerous galas, staged readings, awards shows, and concerts. He has worked with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, Philippe Petite, and Abigail Disney. For more information please visit Producer | JSCTheatricals page.
Jonathan's other passion is as a photographer, he has been recognized as an award winner for the U.N
Children of the Year Photo Contest. Jonathan's photography can be viewed here.