Jonathan Rockefeller is a co-founder of Rockefeller Productions,
a company that combines film, theatre, animation, puppetry and television. He also devotes time to philanthropic work furthering childhood literacy and appreciation of the arts. His children's book
'I want to be an Artist' was released in 2017 becoming a New York Bestseller.
The critically-acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ debuted Off-Broadway January 2016 was nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. The show debuted in Australia at the Sydney Festival January 2015, and continues to tour in Australia and New Zealand.
The show now plays in the United Kingdom, Dubai where it received Time Out's 'Best International Performance' award. The Very Hungry Caterpillar will have its debut United States tour in 2018.
Prior to his work with Eric Carle, Jonathan co-wrote and produced the puppet-parody 'Thank You for Being a Friend' which has been licensed for further productions worldwide. Its Canada production (Joseph Patrick Presents) received Best Independent Production at the BroadwayWorld Awards. In a new take on The Golden Girls, the original television series was revisited in a brand new parody That Golden Girls Show' which debuted in New York and became New York Theatre Guide's 'Top 10 picks for 2016'.
The brand new show 'Elmer the Patchwork Elephant' has its out of town try-out in Toronto December, 2017 - before touring the United Kingdom in 2018.
Beyond the stage, Jonathan and Eric Carle Studios teamed up to produce and direct an animated version of ’10 Little Rubber Ducks’ based on Eric Carle’s book of the same name and narrated by Bernadette Peters which debuted at the UK’s Bath Film Festival.
Earlier film projects include the documentaries 'Road to Pride Rock: The Making of the Lion King' (for Disney Australia) and the screenplay 'Coming of Age' developed with Screen New South Wales and Dungog Film Festival’s In the Raw program. Accolades in film and advertising include Cannes Lion nomination, multiple Clio and Australian Media Awards, High Commendations at Australian Cinematographer’s Guild [ASC], Best Television Current Affairs at the National Media Awards for an unvarnished documentary about life on the street in 'Boy from the Blue Room', and 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' at the Aus MTV Awards for 'Satisfaction', a satirical tale of becoming an assistant on the ‘world’s most expensive perfume commercial’ inspired by his time assisting Baz Luhrmann on the Chanel No 5 commercial featuring Nicole Kidman.
By no coincidence, Jonathan was a protégé of Baz Luhrmann, with a career that began during film school. At age 17, he convinced his formidable mentor to take him on as an apprentice by literally sitting in a gutter outside Baz’s house with an ambitious cardboard sign declaring ‘Bazmark or Bust’. Jonathan then became Baz's assistant for several years, starting on the US production of 'La Boheme'.
Thank You For Being a Friend
I Want to be an Artist
Boy From the Blue Room
True Confessions of a Movie Addict
Winner - Clio Awards
Winner - Time Out Kids Awards
Winner - Media Federation Awards
Men's Style - Men of Influence Awards
Nominated - Cannes Lion
Nominated - Drama Desk Awards
Nominated - Off Broadway Alliance Awards
New York Theatre Guide's Top 10 Shows
Best Unproduced Screenplay - MTV Awards
Best Documentary - Australian Media Awards
High Commendation - Australian Cinematographer's Guild
Winner - Best Independent Production BroadwayWorld Awards
Nominated- Best Play BroadwayWorld Awards
Above: Jonathan and Baz on the set of Chanel No. 5