Director | Choreographer

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Biography

Chicago Born. South side raised. No not the suburbs. The actual city. 


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“eye-popping, heart-stopping choreography” - Stage & Cinema (on Priscilla Queen of the Desert)

“From hard-rocking driven group ensembles, to a hilarious pseudo ballet, to a very creative slow motion fight scene, this stuff is magic.” - Mt. Caroll News

About Jon

Jon works regularly as a director, choreographer and teacher in Chicago and regionally. A Chicago native, Jon got his choreographic start working with Project Theater and After School matters and choreographed their teen productions for 3 years. He attended Columbia College with a focus on Directing and Choreography for the theater. At Columbia, he worked on numerous projects including, Duke’s Place: A Duke Ellington Review (Assistant to Linda Fortunato), The Best is Yet To Come: A Sintra Dance Celebration (Assitant to Christie Kerr), Victor/Victoria, Floyd Collins and The Fantasticks.

“Jon Martinez’s choreography? joyous” - Newcity

Jon went on to be an artistic associate with Bailiwick Chicago and then became their director of artistic development aiding in the producing of many shows including the multi Jeff award winning production of The Wild Party directed and choreographed by Brenda Didier, Dessa Rose directed by Lili-Anne Brown and many Chicago Casting Auction shows.

Aside from working in theater, Jon works heavily in the dance world. Teaching at various studios including Intrigue Dance (Owned by Broadway’s Pia Hamilton). His first ballet, Le Apache, premiered in 2016 at The Harris Theater in Chicago. He also works with International Dance Challenge and Dance America/Dance Olympus competitions regionally. Jon is also currently the company manager for Firebrand Theater.


“stunning show-stopping dance numbers by the creatively innovating choreographer” - Chicago Critic
“Jon Martinez’s choreography stands out as a high point in the show” - Buzznews (on Tonya & Nancy the Rock Opera)