Jon Steinhagen

Member Since: 2009

Jon Steinhagen has been a Signal Ensemble member since 2009 and has appeared as John Dickinson in 1776, Flan in Six Degrees of Separation, Birdboot in The Real Inspector Hound, and Jack in ACES; recently, he was the musical director of Hostage Song and also authored ACES. He wrote Successors and played the role of Lou Tedesco. Furthermore, Jon has written ACES Wild, a sequel to ACES.

Jon is also a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a past winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, a finalist for the first Noël Coward Award, member of the Dramatists Guild, and has received four Jeff Awards and six nominations (AEA and non-AEA), recently for Blizzard ’67 (Best Play – Equity). Recent productions of his plays and musicals include Blizzard ’67 (Chicago Dramatists), Dating Walter Dante (Raven Theatre), The Analytical Engine (Circle Theatre), Something More Comfortable (Syracuse University), and The Teapot Scandals (Porchlight). Other plays include Ponzi on Sunday, Deb and Debra, The Hundred Acres, and The Acceleration of Addison Crouch. Current projects include Neptune’s Pool (play) and Great Lover (musical).

As an actor, Jon has appeared in many Chicago productions over the past eight seasons, particularly as Walter in Arthur Miller’s The Price, Dr Lyman in Bus Stop, Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Felix in The Odd Couple, Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, and Roy in Plaza Suite. His appearances in musicals include Mack Sennett in Mack & Mabel, J.J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success, and The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Jon has provided musical direction for three dozen Chicago productions, and his innovative short and flash fiction has been published in print and online literary magazines, particularly in Matchbook, Lantern Journal, Alliterati, Bodega, Monkeybicycle, It’s Animal but Merciful (anthology), Wigleaf, Frozen Underground, The Waterhouse Review, The Yoke, and SmokeLong Quarterly. He is the author of Americans Elsewhere (a collection of fifty “tiny novels”) and The Undocumented Beginnings of Everything: 13 Fictions.


Production History

  • Actor
    • Plainsong - 
    • Successors - 
    • The Real Inspector Hound - Birdboot
    • Aces - Jack
    • Six Degrees Of Separation - Flan
    • 1776 - John Dickinson
  • Playwright
    • The Next Thing (Music & Lyrics)
    • Aces


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