This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Jonathan Keyes | Actor

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre?
A: I first got involved in theatre when I was in elementary school. We would put on these productions full of dance and music that really piqued my interest in performance. I was even featured on the local news one year during a production, and as an eight year-old it was a pretty big deal.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: Theatre, for me, is a way to express myself in methods that I would not necessarily be able to do in my daily life. I enjoy presenting to audiences unique portrays of characters that they may or may not be familiar with. Theatre is also an outlet. It is a way for an audience to escape the reality of the world around them, or to better recognize the world they are living in.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: I am ready and excited to learn. This opportunity is unique in that we are not only being taught by industry professionals, but we are collaborating with other artists who are all equally passionate. I am able to learn from my fellow Emergers and I am grateful for this.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: An experience that stood out to me was the first week when everyone in the program presented information on Adrienne Kennedy’s writing inspirations. It was awesome to see all of the various methods people used, such as song, visuals, video, comedy, and poetry. It really showcased how talented and creative people in this program are.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspiration would have to be my parents. Ever since I’ve started acting they have supported me 100%. Throughout my life, as corny as it may sound, they have always been there for me. I greatly appreciate this because having support behind you can often be as necessary as having the drive to achieve a goal, and for this reason they inspire me.

Jonathan is an actor born and raised in the Seattle area and has maintained a love for theatre since a young age. His interest in the stage grew with him through high school, performing roles including Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Zachary Bryan in It Happens Every Summer, and Professor Michaels in Mother is a Freshman. Previously studying at Seattle Pacific University and currently at Bellevue College, Jonathan also enjoys performing in film and other media, recently doing commercial work for T-Mobile.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.