Jon Martinez

Harmony France

A Chicago native and hailing from Bridgeport. Firebrand credits include No One Here But us Witches: The Election Year (Director), Pink Ladies! (Co-creator/Co-Director). He served as Bailiwick Chicago’s Director of Artistic Development for 3 years. Jon mainly directs and choreographs in Chicago and regionally, credits include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Pride Films & Plays); Rock of Ages (Timberlake Playhouse); Tonya & Nancy The Rock Opera (Chicago Premiere), Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!, Haymarket (World Premiere) (Underscore Theatre); 3C (Chicago Premiere) (A Red Orchid Theater); We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee (Chicago Premiere) (Haven Theater); Jenna Roxy and the Church of Modern Love (Chicago Musical Theater Festival/With a Machete Productions). He also has served as assistant/associate director/choreographer on Xanadu (American Theater Company); Carrie, Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago); Story of a Story: The Untold Story (World Premiere) (Underscore Theater); Faustus The Musical (New York Film Academy – Reading). Aside from working in theater, Jon works heavily in the dance world. Teaching at various studios. His first ballet, Le Apache, premiered in 2016 at The Harris Theater in Chicago. He also works with International Dance Challenge and Dance America/Dance Olympus competitions regionally.

“I was raised by three of the strongest women I know, my mother, grandmother, and aunt. Their stories, voices, and lessons carry over into my work. Uplifting women in the theater is not a choice for me, it is a necessity, it is a must. Without hearing the stories of women from the voices of women, we would be nothing.”