Profile picture for user jmoscone
Jonathan Moscone

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Chief of Civic Engagement Jonathan Moscone has spent his storied career defining new models for how arts organizations can participate in the civic life of their community. During his tenure at YBCA, he has created a Civic Engagement practice rooted in community advocacy and coalition building, with the goal of creating lasting and meaningful change in our City. Through programs like youth fellowships, artist residencies in San Francisco public schools, iconic public art installations, a long-term partnership with the city of San Francisco Planning Department, and even a ballot measure aimed at restoring city funding for the arts & homeless family services, Jonathan has pushed YBCA’s mission squarely into the public realm. Prior to joining YBCA in 2015, Jonathan was the longtime artistic director of the pioneering California Shakespeare Theater. He serves on several boards, including the Edible Schoolyard Project, Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates, and the Homeless Prenatal Program.

American Morrow
Essay

American Morrow

Jonathan Moscone and Lily Janiak in Conversation

18 May 2014

Lily Janiak and Artistic Director of Cal Shakes Jon Moscone talk about the impact of Janiak’s criticism of the play American Night at California Shakespeare Theater and the controversy it stirred.

Portrait of Jonathon Moscone
Interview with Jonathan Moscone
Essay

Interview with Jonathan Moscone

13 October 2011

Deborah Cullinan and Jonathan Moscone discuss Ghost Light, a new play exploring his father — San Francisco Mayor George Moscone — and Supervisor Harvey Milk's assassination.

Portrait of Jonathon Moscone
Towards an Anxious Theatre
Essay

Towards an Anxious Theatre

15 June 2011

Jonathon Moscone, an American theatre director, examines the question of what purpose do theatres serve, and advocates for the abandoning of fear in governing theatrical choices, and the embracement of unease, so that we can create theatre that takes the real time to listen to the current of our lives.