Jonathan R. Reynolds

Jonathan R. Reynolds, 1965

B.F.A., Denison University London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts

Citation awarded May, 1985

A playwright, film writer, and former writer for David Frost and Dick Cavett’s television shows, Jonathan Reynolds made his Broadway debut in 1975 with two one-act plays entitled “Rubbers” and “Yanks 3 – Detroit 0, Top of the Seventh.” Newsweek’s review of these plays began “The American Place Theatre has come up with something really important…a very funny new playwright…his double bill is by far the funniest event of the season.” In 1980, when his play “Geniuses” opened on Broadway, the New York Times stated that “there is comic genius afoot at Playwrights’ Horizon, and his name is Jonathan Reynolds.”

In addition to his successes on Broadway, he has also worked on the scripts for a number of major motion pictures such as Apocalypse Now and most recently the critically acclaimed Micki and Maude. He has written articles for the New York Times and was selected for a Rockefeller Foundation grant “to promote the creative work of American writers.”

His latest play, Fighting International Fat, opens in New York early this June.

Following his graduation from Denison with a degree in fine arts, Reynolds spent a year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Jonathan Reynolds’ career continues the proud history of Denison’s excellence in the theatre arts.