About Me

I was never the kid who dreamed of doing theatre.

I wasn’t even the teenager who thought that a world where I was working as an artist or scholar - or that even being those things - was a reality.

But then something pretty incredible happened to me: I realized that the walls of the theatre and pages of dramatic texts had sculpted really every part of who I was. Ever since, all I have wanted is help others do the same be it in the classroom, rehearsal room, or from behind the production table.

           "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it"

                                                           Bertolt Brecht 


Jonathan M. Rizzardi is a Washington D.C./Baltimore area actor, director, vocalist, and teaching artist. Winner of the Margaret Eagle Dixon Award in Literature and Maryland’s Teachers of Promise distinction, Jonathan earned his BA and Master of Arts in Teaching at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and quickly turned his artistic and professional focus towards developing innovative arts education programs for at-risk and underserved students. 

Rizzardi taught for four years in St. Mary's County, MD as a high school Theatre Arts and English Literature teacher, while developing theatre arts curriculum and using his endorsement in Special Education to promote literacy and inclusive pedagogical practices in fine arts classrooms. Jonathan now teaches with Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Everyman Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theater, and as a guest artist in Maryland public schools. He previously founded The Bell Tower Theatre, an organization housing a teen intensive theatre program in Southern Maryland focused on fusing classical acting and devised theatre in performance. He serves on the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel, and works in various capacities to assist teacher training and the development of arts curricula throughout the DMV. 

On stage, he has worked with Imagination Stage, Monumental Theatre Company, Theatre Prometheus, Source, Tenth Muse Productions, Kensington Arts Theatre, Watermelon Inc., Round House Theatre, and other Washington, D.C. metro area theatres.

Jonathan is a doctoral student earning his PhD in Theatre History and Criticism at The University of Washington in Seattle, WA where he will be moving in the fall of 2018 to shift his energy towards theatre scholarship, focusing on identity politics, pedagogy and power dynamics on stage, and the formation of national identity through drama. 

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