Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Jonathan Keijser is an award-winning storyteller with a strong focus on creating socially conscious content. As a film and theatre director, screenwriter and professionally-trained musician, Jonathan is committed to sharing compelling stories of progressive communities and people, with the goal of helping encourage positive social change in the world.
Before his career in film, Jonathan founded a not-for-profit theatre company for emerging artists in Montreal, Canada, where he directed fully-staged Broadway productions, including Into The Woods & Cabaret. Both received critical acclaim. Pat Donnelly of the Montreal Gazette called Keijser “a promising young director” and described his shows as “pack[ing] an unusually powerful punch [with a] cast [that] works like a team.” Since then, his films and stage productions have played at over thirty festivals and venues around the world.
In 2016, Jonathan’s feature film, What Would Beethoven Do?, had its world premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival, where the film had three sold-out screenings and took home an audience award. The film questions why we create art by following three superstar musical renegades as they independently take action in repairing the fractured and ailing classical music world, reinstating its relevancy in the 21st century.
Jonathan currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where he is co-president of two film production companies: Wire Walker Studios, a company that creates socially conscious feature films, and The Moose Party, a company that creates cutting edge branded content.
Jonathan believes that in order to inspire and challenge audience perceptions, content must be balanced in reflectiveness and humor. To make an impact, stories must go beyond a single message approach and instead allow viewers to draw their own informed conclusions. Instead of providing definitive answers to difficult questions, Jonathan aims to encourage increased awareness to help broaden perspectives as a way to spark curiosity and positive change.
Jonathan holds degrees in classical double bass performance (Bachelor of Music) from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and in filmmaking (Masters of Fine Arts) from the top-rated University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.