A London based award-winning British/ Irish actor, published playwright, librettist and director, Jonathan Moore has worked at the leading venues in Britain and internationally, including the Royal Shakespeare Co, English National Opera, National Theatre, West End, Shakespeare’s Globe – He was invited by Sir Mark Rylance to direct the large scale Shakespeare project What you Will for the Cultural Olympiad/ Mayor’s Office and several subsequent Shakespeare projects – the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Opera North, BBC TV and Radio, Almeida, Donmar, Arcola, The Gate, La Fenice Venice, Chicago Opera Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Savannah Festival and the Munich Biennale. He directed (and co-wrote the libretto for) the world Premiere production of the opera GREEK by Mark Anthony Turnage (Munich Biennale and ENO) which received an Olivier Award nomination. He also co-directed the BBC Film version, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a Midem Award at Cannes. The Scottish Opera production of GREEK played at BAM in November 2018.
He co-starred in his own play Treatment for the BBC TV film version opposite Gabriel Byrne. His play Inigo has been published in English and Spanish and performed globally. His collected plays have also been published with a foreword by Mark Lawson. In 2018 he co-wrote and directed THE INVENTION OF MOREL with Music by Stewart Copeland, which played to packed houses at Chicago Opera Theatre and to critical acclaim. He recently revived it this year at Long Beach Opera. He directed the World Premiere of SAVAGE WINTER by Douglas J Cuomo at Pittsburgh Opera in 2018, a production which was revived by Jonathan at BAM in New York later in the same year. Other recent engagements include directing a new 30th Anniversary production of GREEK for the Arcola Grimeborn Festival in London. In Summer 2021 Jonathan will provide the libretto for and direct the world premiere of Stewart Copeland’s ELECTRIC SAINT for Nationaltheater Weimar, Germany.
He has directed premiere operas by Henze, Schnittke, Turnage, Muller-Wieland, MacMillan, Nyman, Berkeley among many others. He has worked with artists as diverse as Joe Strummer of The Clash, punk band Killing Joke, classical violinist Daniel Hope, reggae star Eddie Grant and Industrial band Test Dept (with the latter in venues as diverse as the concourse of Cannon St Station, a disused slaughterhouse in Zaragoza and a crane factory in Munich). Other awards include two Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards, Best Director, Best Libretto Awards (Munich Biennale) runner up for the Verity Bargate Award, a nomination for an Olivier Award and two nominations for Manchester Evening News Awards. He has been a guest speaker on the arts at the Oxford University Union, London School of Economics and as a panelist at Opera America in New York. Jonathan featured on the front cover of Time Out and has had an entry in Who’s Who since 2007. He has been a regular contributor to many BBC TV and Radio Arts discussion programmes and has appeared on several panels, radio and print interviews in the USA.