Storyteller, Facilitator, Teaching Artist, Freelance
Jon Royal is a theatre professional, teaching artist and facilitator, from Nashville, TN. He blends his training as a director and actor, with communication models from the National Council for Community and Justice to help hold courageous spaces for individuals to grapple with culture, while building strong ensembles. Over the past twenty years he has directed, or appeared in productions for Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, Street Theatre Company, Belmont University, Berry College, Nashville School of the Arts, and other organizations. In 2019 he was named Best Theatre Director by the Nashville Scene. Jon is also a past winner of the American College Theatre Festival’s Regional Student Directing Award. In 2016, he was a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s National Observership Class, in which he had the privilege of working with Liesl Tommy on the Public Theatre’s production of Party People. Jon has worked as a teaching artist both locally, and abroad. He co-facilitates two Restorative Justice through the Arts projects that work with youth in the justice system: August Wilson Gets R.E.A.L, and My Place: Discovering Self Identity in Community. He serves as the Facilitation Director for Shakespeare Los Angeles’ Will Power to Youth program, where he helps write, and supervise the execution of its human relations curriculum. Jon is a member of Metro Arts’ 2018 Racial Equity Administrative Leadership learning cadre; and has since facilitated Anti-Racism training for multiple institutions in the Middle Tennessee area. Currently he serves as member of Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s Committee for Anti-Racism and Equity, a group comprised of community members who works with the city government to change the local arts ecosystem.