Jonathan Putnam (George)

Jon PutnamJonathan is a freelance actor, director and voice-over artist. He has acted in over one hundred shows and directed at least twenty. He began his career in summer stock and dinner theatre and went on to perform regionally in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and other places.

Jon was a founding member of the Pilgrim Theatre in Aspen and spent twenty-three years as a resident actor/director at CATCO in Columbus.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris

THE SANTALAND DIARIES by David Sedaris

While there he acted in Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), The Pillowman, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Blackbird, A Christmas Memory (for several seasons), and What the Butler Saw, among many others.

Jonathan has performed “Crumpet the Elf” in David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries over 150 times.

He also recently played “Joseph” in Short North Stage’s production of The Irish Curse which won the “Best Ensemble” award from The Other Paper.

Mark Mann and Jonathan Putnam in the World Premiere of Herb Brown's YOU'RE MY BOY

Mark Mann and Jonathan Putnam in the World Premiere of Herb Brown’s YOU’RE MY BOY

Jon has been a guest artist at Otterbein University where he was most recently seen in August: Osage County, and at Indiana State University as “George” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He also appeared as “The Guide” in Opera Columbus’ Kurt Weill: Berlin To Broadway.

He was a guest director for Ohio State’s production of Pentecost and for Denison University’s Something’s Afoot. Also at Denison, he directed the world premiere of Peter Pauze’s Departures.

Jonathan Putnam and Nar Williams in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

Jonathan Putnam and Nar Williams in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

At CATCO, Jonathan directed Escanaba In Da Moonlight, The Drawer Boy, Lobby Hero, The Clean House, The Underpants, It’s A Wonderful Life (The Radio Play) and others.

Jon has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The Ohio State University and, while there, won the American College Theatre Festival’s One-Act Competition for his play Dogs Do which went on to be produced over thirty times around the country. He is also proud that Dogs Do was the first play to be performed in the Wexner Center’s black box theatre in 1990 and was toured for several years by CATCO.

Jonathan Putnam, Michael Harper and Kevin Hayes in DOGS DO by Jonathan Putnam

Jonathan Putnam, Michael Harper and Kevin Hayes in DOGS DO by Jonathan Putnam

Over the years, he has taught acting, directing, or voice at Ohio State, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan.

Ionia Zelenka, Jonathan Putnam and Linda Dorff in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring

Ionia Zelenka, Jonathan Putnam and Linda Dorff in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring

On film, he has appeared as “Claudius” in Daniel Kramer’s Kitchen Hamlet and played “Stu” in the Sundance Film Festival’s version of Karen Moncrief’s Blue Car. Sadly, Stu’s entire plotline was cut from the DVD version. Jon’s film debut was as “Cop #2″ in the legendary Bad Girls’ Dormitory.

Jon is a long time member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA and has performed in or voiced dozens of commercials.

Jon Farris and Jonathan Putnam in GREATER TUNA

Jon Farris and Jonathan Putnam in GREATER TUNA