Jonathon Paterson has been working in the theatre industry for the past 30 years and is the most recent Technical and Artistic Director of the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, NS.
Jonathon studied both performance and production at Macewan University in Edmonton in 1997, where he co-founded the independent touring theatre company, RibbitRePublic. This company now has a twenty year touring record around North America, and has performed at various festivals including the Orlando Fringe Festival, Fresno Rouge Festival, Canoe Theatre Festival, The Centaur Wildside Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.
As a producer, Jon founded the French Quarter Hub at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2012. He has co-managed 3 venues (over 15 performing acts) in the hub every year, with attendance peaking at over 20, 000 patrons. French Quarter Hub was the first of it's kind in Canada, modelling after the hub-based Fringes in Adelaide and Edinburgh. Jonathon also has over 2 dozen producing credits and over 20 years with RibbitRePublic, overseeing everything from marketing, promotions, web design, poster design, lighting design, stage managing, accounting, social media etc. After being laid off from the Astor Theatre due to Covid-19, Jonathon created, on a volunteer basis, FringeLiveStream, an online platform for live performances. Since May of 2020, FringeLiveStream has been able to return thousands of dollars to independent artists.
As a performer, Jonathon has been seen at every major Fringe Festival in North America, with over one hundred festivals and 25 years under his belt. He has also worked with Vertigo Mystery Theatre, National Stiltwalkers of Canada, Monster Theatre, Theatre Prospero, Zero Gravity Circus, Workshop West Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre and most recently, Off-Broadway's Soho Playhouse.
As a technician, Jon has served as the Technical Director of the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and Monster Theatre in Vancouver, BC. He has been a theatre venue technician since 2011, and has worked with London Fringe Festival, Waterfront Theatre, French Quarter Hub, Theatre Prospero and Silver Skate Winter Festival. Jonathon has several years of experience in sound and video production and over a decade experience in lighting and design. Most recently, Jonathon has adapted to the current climate and learned to stream tech for online content.
Jon is also a stilt-walker, stage manager, poster designer, and Winnipeg Jets fan.