"Ferguson creates spaces where things can happen that don't happen anywhere else. He and his collaborators so clearly trust and inspire one another that you walk out of the theater into a world that feels richer than you'd realized it was before you went in." - TC Daily Planet
“Having seen Ferguson’s Super Monkey earlier this year… I’m here to say this guy is a local treasure” - Star Tribune
“To see one of his shows is to see beauty, humanity, and surprise; to be engaged, touched, and to leave the theater more fully yourself.” - The Rake
“Jon Ferguson has put his stamp on impressionistic and richly emotive original works that draw upon movement and sound to project non-linear narratives…” - Variety 2007
Jon Ferguson - Artistic Director
Lauren Rae Anderson - Producing Director
Jerod Greenisen - Director of Marketing and Digital Media
Jon Ferguson is from Durham in the Northeast of England. He trained at Middlesex University in London with leading physical theatre practitioner John Wright. Jon has worked with some of the leading theater and clown companies in the UK and US including Hoipolloi, Told by an Idiot & The John Wright Company, Trading Faces, Live Action Set, Theatre de la Juene Lune, Mark Rylance and The Guthrie Theater.
Work as a director, theater-maker, movement director and actor include: King Ubu - The Gate Theatre London, Moby Dick - National Student Drama Festival Scarborough UK, The Man Who Woke Up in the Dark Trading Faces Theatre Company UK tour, The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd and A Collier's Friday Night - Oxford School of Drama at The Battersea Arts Centre London, The Roaring Girl - Finborough Theatre London, Marry Maria - Hoipolloi Theatre UK tour, Shakespeare for Breakfast - Edinburgh, London, Warsaw, Toronto, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Edmonton & Victoria (2001/02), Everything and Nothing all at the Same Time - Minnesota Fringe Festival (2004), Please Don't Blow Up Mr. Boban - Minnesota Fringe Festival and The Loring Playhouse (2005), Miss Nelson is Missing - Stages Theatre Company (2006), We Are Ugly But We Have the Music - The Bryant Lake Bowl (2006), Kill The Robot - Stages Theatre Company at The Minnesota Fringe Festival (2006), Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business - Stages Theatre Company (2006), Ligustrum Vulgare - The Bryant Lake Bowl (2006), The Sad and Lonesome Story of What's His Name - Sabes JCC Minneapolis (2007), Or The White Whale - The Southern Theater (2007), Aftermath - Mishka Productions at Bedlam Theater (2007), Deep Boy - Stages Theatre Company at the Minnesota Fringe Festival (August 2007), Bull - Main Street School for Performing Arts and Stages Theatre Company (Oct 2007), Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol - John Hassler Theater (Nov 2007), You're my Favorite Kind of Pretty - Southern Theater (Feb/Mar 2008), The Reluctant Dragon - Stages Theatre Company (April 2008), Your Happy Place - Stages Theatre Company at The Minnesota Fringe Festival (August 2008), Bury My Heart at Dumb Ass Cowboy - 2008 New York Clown Theater Festival (Sept 2008), Animal Farm - Southern Theater (Oct-Nov 2008), The Wizard of Oz - Stages Theatre Company (Summer 2009), Projectile Thinking - Stages Theatre Company at The Minnesota Fringe Festival (August 2009), Super Monkey at The Guthrie Theater - Dowling Studio (Sept/Oct 2009), Gregory Gregorson and The Magic Pinto Bean – The Children’s Theater Company (Nov 2009), S. Gunter Klaus and The Story Before - Southern Theater (Dec 2009), Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing - Stages Theater Company (March 2010), The Maltese Loon - University of Minnesota (April 2010), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Jon Hassler Theater (Oct/Nov 2010), Holes - Stages Theatre Company (April/May 2011), The Marriage of Bette and Boo - University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program (April 2011), God of Carnage - Guthrie Theater (May - Aug 2011), Pinocchio – The Jon Hassler Theater (Sept – Oct 2011), So Long Johnson Pillock – Forage Modern Workshop (Jan 2012), A Bun for a Door Handle – Forage Modern Workshop (Feb – Mar 2012), Time Stands Still - Guthrie Theater (April - May 2011), The War Within / All’s Fair – The Moving Company at The Southern Theater (May – June 2012), Tales From Hollywood - Guthrie Theater (Sept - Oct 2012), Open The Pod Bay Doors Hal – Intermedia Arts (Jan 2013), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Red Eye Theater (Feb/Mar 2013), Nice Fish - Guthrie Theater (April – May 2013). The Brutes – A Machine Shop, MPLS (June 2013), On Golden Pond – Bloomington Civic Theater (July/Aug 2013), Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Stages Theatre Company (Oct/Nov 2013), Muy Very Authentico – Open Eye Figure Theater (Dec 2014), The Wretchedly Uncomfortables - Red Eye Theater (Jan 2014), The Big Show – Southern Theater (March 2014), The Venetian Twins - The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program (April 2014), Ubu Roi - College of St. Benedict and St. John's University (Oct 2014).
Jon was named "2005 City Pages Artist of the Year", and his production Please Don’t Blow Up Mr. Boban, with Live Action Set, was chosen by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as the "Outstanding Experimental Theater Production of 2005" and named "Best Stage Production" by the Minneapolis City Pages - Best of the Twin Cities 2006. Other awards include: "Time Out London Critic’s Choice" For King Ubu at The Gate, London, "Sunday Times Ensemble Award" for Moby Dick at the NSDF Scarborough, "Best Comedy Award" for Shakespeare for Breakfast at the Victoria Fringe, “Twin Cities Daily Planet’s - Top Ten Play of 2008” for You’re My Favorite Kind of Pretty at the Southern Theater, “City Pages - Top 10 Play of 2008" for Animal Farm at the Southern Theater, and MN Playlist “Best of 2011/12” for A Bun for a Door Handle at Forage Modern Workshop.
Jon has taught physical theater, clowning, and collaborative play creation throughout the UK and US, including teaching extensively for The Theatre Royal Bath, The Bristol Old Vic, Stages Theatre Company, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theater, The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, as well as teaching countless independent workshops. He has developed work at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and with Hoipolloi Theater, The John Wright Company & Told by an Idiot in the UK.