Jonathan Briden

- actor / teacher / director

I am passionate about the art of acting. It has a deep connection to everything it is to be human. It has changed my life in a profound way, and I have seen similar changes in my students.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with so many amazing people - teachers and students alike. You are my whanau, my family, my tribe, and I am immensely grateful to each and every one of you.

A lot of my recent work has been focused on building the local improvisation scene, with Impulse Theatre, but I’m now also taking the work further afield. On this site, you will find details about the workshops I have on offer, shows I am producing, directing or performing in, and some of my personal thoughts on this beautiful art of ours.

In 2021, I founded Screen Actors Group Ōtautahi to give local actors a chance to practice their screen acting. There are some big differences in stage versus screen performance, so these classes are vital for actors who want to take advantage of the growing number of film and television opportunities that are happening in and around Christchurch.

I live in beautiful Ōtautahi / Christchurch, but travel regularly around Aotearoa / NZ and the world.

If you are interested in working with me, I’d love to hear from you.


Jonathan Briden