JON RUA is an actor + ChoreograpHer living and working in New York City.
Wearing many hats, Rua's talents as a Choreographer & Actor crosses the stage to screen inherently.
As an Actor, with four Broadway acting credits under his belt, Jon recently originated “Patchy the Pirate” in the 12 time Tony nominated Spongebob Squarepants. Jon is most notably known for originating the role of “Charles Lee” in the Tony & Grammy Award Winning hit musical Hamilton, where he also served as the “Hamilton” Standby. Additional Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody and In The Heights. Other theater credits include bringing the character of “Rooster” to life in the 2018 production of Annie at The Muny - the largest outdoor theater in America; Somewhere at the Old Globe in 2011, where he was nominated for a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play; 2014 play Kung Fu at the Signature Theater; and 2010 play Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Second Stage Theater.
On the screen, Rua has appeared on Blue Bloods, Law & Order, and most recently guest starred on NBC’s Blacklist. Rua has acted in films such as Fall to Rise, First Reformed, and Isn’t It Romantic.
As a Choreographer, his work has taken flight with Coheed & Cambria (“Old Flames”), PHISH 2013 fall tour, The Muny’s Aida & Jesus Christ Superstar, Rebel Wilson’s upcoming film Isn’t It Romantic, Travelers Insurance, ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, NBA, NYMF, Broadway Bares, and is currently choreographing a new musical with Ignacio “Nacho” Cano of Mecano, Spain’s renown music sensation.
Jon is a Co-Choreographer for individual production numbers in Broadway’s SpongeBob Squarepants, The Cher Show, and is a contributing choreographer for such productions as Hamilton, On Your Feet, Flashdance, Bring It On The Musical, and Hands on a Hardbody. Jon has also danced for Mariah Carey, Phish, Don Omar, Soulja Boy, Target, Billboard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, and Panasonic.
Rua, originally hailing from New Jersey, graduated Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication + Public Relations before heading to New York, where he now resides and creates.