Jonathan Moscone

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Jonathan Moscone
Born (1964-10-05) October 5, 1964 (age 49)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Theatre director

Jonathan Moscone (born October 5, 1964) is an American theater director, and currently the artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) in Berkeley and Orinda, California. In 2009, he was awarded the inaugural Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for "transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work."[1]

Early life[edit]

Moscone was born in San Francisco, California, United States. His father was the late Mayor of San Francisco, George R. Moscone, and his mother is Gina Moscone. His siblings are Christopher, Rebecca Rodolff, and Jenifer.

Moscone went to high school at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco’s Sunset district, graduating in 1982. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where he majored in Theater and English, graduating in 1986. After college, Moscone worked for producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, and then moved to New York where he worked as an assistant to Joseph Papp, producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, from 1986-1989.

In 1989, Moscone moved to the west coast to become a directing intern at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, CA. That year he was accepted into the Yale School of Drama, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing in 1993.


Upon graduation from Yale, Moscone moved to Dallas where he worked at the Dallas Theater Center, serving as DTC’s associate director from 1993-1999. While at DTC, Moscone began his freelance directing career.

I believe we have to let other voices into what we think of as the classics. Everyone has the right to touch and feel and own the classics. They belong to all of us.[2]

San Jose Mercury News

In 2000, Moscone became the artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes), which operates in Berkeley, CA and performs at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater in Orinda, California.[3] In addition to providing artistic leadership at California Shakespeare Theater, Moscone continues to work as a freelance director throughout the United States, is an adjunct faculty member at American Conservatory Theater’s Masters of Fine Arts Program, and serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the American theater.

Mr. Moscone is entering his 13th season at California Shakespeare Theater, where he most recently directed Shakespeare's The Tempest in 2012. Credits include the world premiere of Ghost Light, which he co-created and developed with playwright Tony Taccone for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.[4] In addition, he directed Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park for American Conservatory Theater prior to its winning the Pulitzer Prize.[5] Recent projects include Julie Marie Myatt’s The Happy Ones for Magic Theater and Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for Cal Shakes. Other Cal Shakes credits include the world premiere of John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven by Octavio Solis (recipient of the inaugural New Play Development Award given by the National Endowment of the Arts); The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; Candida; Twelfth Night; Happy Days; and The Seagull. Regional credits include Huntington Theatre, Alley Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, San Jose Repertory Theater, Intiman Theatre, and Magic Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Moscone is married to Darryl Carbonaro and lives in San Francisco, California.

Theater credits[edit]

  • Alleluia, The Road by Luis Alfaro, Intersection for the Arts
  • American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose by Richard Montoya, California Shakespeare Theater
  • The Happy Ones by Julie Marie Myatt, Magic Theatre
  • Ghost Light (world premiere), Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Amadeus, Alley Theater
  • Clybourne Park, American Conservatory Theater
  • Ghosts, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Eurydice, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • How Shakespeare Won the West (world premiere), Huntington Theatre
  • Hamlet: Blood in the Brain (world premiere), Intersection for the Arts + Campo Santo.
  • Des Moines by Denis Johnson (world premiere), Intersection for the Arts + Campo Santo.
  • Our Town, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, San Jose Repertory Theatre
  • Kingfish, Magic Theatre
  • The Pharmacist’s Daughter (world premiere), Magic Theatre
  • Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl by Karen Hartman (world premiere), Dallas Theater Center
  • An Ideal Husband, Dallas Theater Center
  • How I Learned to Drive, Dallas Theater Center
  • Dancing at Lughnasa, Dallas Theater Center
  • A Christmas Carol (co-adaptor), Dallas Theater Center
  • Loot, Dallas Theater Center
  • Intimate Exchanges, Dallas Theater Center
  • The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Candida, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Man and Superman, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Twelfth Night, California Shakespeare Theater
  • The Seagull, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Much Ado about Nothing, California Shakespeare Theater
  • As You Like It, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Julius Caesar, California Shakespeare Theater
  • An Ideal Husband, California Shakespeare Theater
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, California Shakespeare Theater
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, California Shakespeare Theater


  • Zelda Fichandler Award (2009)


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  2. ^ D'SOUZA, KAREN (July 2012), "Jonathan Moscone: A man with a famous name who carved his own path". San Jose Mercury News
  3. ^ "Jonathan Moscone: A man with a famous name who carved his own path - San Jose Mercury News". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. ^ "George Heymont: The Ghost Walks at Midnight". Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ Robert Hurwitt (2011-01-29). "'Clybourne Park' review: To the hood and back". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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