Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Jonny first found his passion for the arts when his parents enrolled him in piano and singing lessons at the age of six. One year later he took part in his first play, Oliver! From seven to eighteen he performed in dozens of productions that ranged from Simon to Sondheim, including three consecutive High School Projects at the Grand Theatre, shows at Original Kids Theatre Company, plenty of summer stock and local community theatre, a season at the Stratford Festival of Canada, and ten years as a member of the Amabile Boys Choir. During this time he also began formal dance training and would eventually start breakdancing and become a member of the infamous Albino Zebras crew.
As he graduated high school, he received acceptance to the Goodman School of Acting at DePaul University, however that plan was quickly replaced when he booked the hit kids TV show, "The Doodlebops". Working with legendary children's television producer Michael Hirsch, the Emmy award-winning choreographer David Connolly, the Gemini award-winning music producer Carl Lenox, and director Jamie Waese, he would go on to film 65 live episodes and 52 episodes of the cartoon spinoff, The Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show. Both shows aired on Kids CBC, Playhouse Disney, and CBS and can now be easily found streaming online.
On top of all of the filming, the Doodlebops also hit the road, performing over 600+ shows across North America, including sixteen sold-out shows for over 30,000 people at Walt Disney World, three sold-out days at Madison Square Garden, an appearance on the Today Show's Concert Series, and the filming of Walt Disney World's Christmas Day Parade, broadcast on ABC to millions of homes across North America.
In 2008, Jonny received his Green Card and decided to relocate to Los Angeles. While he did travel back to Canada to star in the Canadian premiere of Disney's "High School Musical" in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he spent the better part of the next five years in LA acting in more than a dozen short film.
In September of 2012, Jonny found himself with the opportunity to take part in the creation of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the La Jolla Playhouse. The musical was based on the Flaming Lips concept album of the same name and was directed by Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Jersey Boys).
Immediately following that, Jonny was asked to stay and take part in a workshop of a new musical, Chasing the Song, from the team that created Memphis, Joe Dipietro (Nice Work If You Can Get It), David Bryan (Bon Jovi), Christopher Ashley (Xanadu, Come From Away) and Sergio Trijillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis, On Your Feet). He would return to La Jolla again to reprise his role in a full scale production in April of 2014.
While in La Jolla it was suggested to him that he might be a good fit for a role in Jersey Boys and sure enough in July it happened. From July of 2014 until the July of 2017, Jonny had the incredible opportunity of touring the US, Canada, and even Japan as Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys. It was an absolutely life changing experience that impacted him both professional and personally in profound ways. He also became a US citizen during this time, traveling the world, exploring life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
At this time Jonny is thrilled to announce that he will be staying with Jersey Boys for another year, but this time as Mr. Frankie Valli. This is an absolute dream come true and Jonny can't wait to bring this show all over North America.
Where his journey ends he doesn't know but he is deeply grateful for being on the train and is dedicated to making the most of every stop along the way. He gives much love and respect to his little babe, mother, father and brothers as well as his crew of friends, teachers and fellow artists, without whom he is sure he could not have achieved so much and dreamed so large.
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