Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan

Bio & Resume

Hey, I’m Jonathan Kaplan. I’m an actor, musician, and songwriter who is more interested in what I don’t know than what I do. I am fascinated by human beings: the paradox of our natures, our behaviors, and the lived experiences of people unlike myself. As an artist and spiritual existentialist, I want to spend my life encouraging others, through my storytelling, to lovingly embrace their idiosyncrasies and believe wholeheartedly that it’s never too late to create a life you can’t wait to wake up for.


Jonathan Kaplan is a senior pursuing his BFA in acting at the University of Illinois. His Illinois Theatre credits have included Armory Free Theatre’s production of Pass Over (Mister/Ossifer), Airness (Shreddy Eddy), Rent (Mark Cohen), Sweat (Jason), Coriolanus (Adrian), Urinetown (Robby The Stockfish), and Native Gardens (Frank U/S & Landscaper). His professional theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet (Prague Shakespeare Company). His past theater credits include productions of Matilda: The Musical (Miss Trunchbull) & Into the Woods (Baker), based in his hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois. When not acting on stage, Kaplan spends his free time composing instrumental and lyrical music as well as playing tennis. He hopes to foster art that proposes more questions than answers to challenge societal expectations.


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