About

Jonathan Castanien

(he/him/his) is a stage manager, producer, and co-founder of The Sống Collective. He has stage managed at companies including The Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, BAM, The Public, Artists at Play, the Latino Theater Company, and The Lion King Rafiki tour.

Independently, he has produced video content, live streams, and digital events for non-profit clients, developmental play readings, and “Inflections,” a collection of five short digital plays celebrating Asian identity in the United States which was live streamed on Howlround. As Co-Producing Artistic Leader of The Sống Collective, he has produced events and cultivated opportunities for artists of color; uplifting work that pushes against preconceptions of Asian Americans and reclaims the Vietnamese American narrative.

He is a 2018 alumnus of artEquity’s National Facilitator Training and he was featured in American Theatre Magazine’s “Role Call: People to Watch” December 2018 list. He has been a guest speaker at the Yale School of Drama, Fordham University, and the University of Arizona. He has consulted with organizations and facilitated multiple conversations around equity, inclusion, and justice. Jonathan holds a BA in Theatre, Technical Design and Production, from California State University, Fullerton.