Jonathan Blitstein

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Jonathan Blitstein (born 1982 Lincolnshire, Illinois) is an American playwright, and indie filmmaker. Blitstein is known for his indie film Let Them Chirp Awhile and his acclaimed play Keep Your Baggage With You for which he won the New York Innovative Theater Award (2011).[1][2]


"He is an honors alumnus of the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Production at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU."[3] Blitstein previously studied acting at The Second City Workshop and The Piven Theater in Chicago, LAByrinth Theater, and Primary Stages in NYC.


Blitstein has worked with Theater For the New City, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Defiant Theater, members of The Hypocrites, The Taxi Theater Company, Magic Bullet Media/Sauce and Co. and The Process Group. He is a founding member of Lesser America,[4] a theater company which was named "Person(s) of the Year" by critic Martin Denton of[5] Blitstein was an associate artist with the LoNyLa Project, and is a member of the Rising Phoenix Repertory.




  1. ^ "2011 Award Recipients Announced - News from the IT Awards". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Blitstein - About This Person - Movies & TV -". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Woodstock Film Festival". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Theatre Company Lesser America Will Find a Home at Theater for the New City". Playbill. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "People of the Year 2004-2012". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Blitstein's SQUEALER, Directed by Daniel Talbott, Set for Theater for the New City May 5". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Woodstock Film Festival". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Chicago Maroon — Precocious Blitstein chirps awhile about value of following your own path". Retrieved 26 February 2015. 

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