Alum Spotlight: Jon Wagner ‘95
Working and Playing in Chicago


Jon has spent the last 12 years traveling the country as a writer, actor and musician. Favorite roles include “Barry” in High Fidelity, “Mercutio/Gary” in The People vs. Friar Laurence and “Jaime” in The Last 5 Years. Improv credits include Baby Wants Candy, I Eat Pandas, ComedySportz, Infinite Sundaes, one of The Second City’s National Touring Companies, and two years serving as the music director for the Chicago Improv Festival. Jonathan is a faculty member at Chicago’s legedary Second City Training Center.

This summer he tackles the role of the sweet but very quirky “William Barfee” in the Tony Award winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre at the Center in Chicago from July 11 to August 18.

Friends and fans of Jesuit Drama will remember Jon for his many wonderful performances such as “J. Pierpont Finch” in How to Succeed in Business and “Prince Dauntless” in Once Upon a Mattress.

Congrats, Jon, and break a leg!