Jon Rua can currently be seen as Patchy the Pirate in the Broadway Production of SpongeBob Squarepants.
The fourth Broadway show under his belt, as an Actor, Rua originated 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, “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; 2010 play “Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” at Second Stage Theater.
On the screen, Rua has appeared on “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order”, and films such as “Fall to Rise”, First Reformed”, and “ Isn’t It Romantic”.
Wearing many hats, Rua is also the Assistant Choreographer for Broadway’s SpongeBob Squarepants, and is a contributing choreographer for such productions as: Hamilton, On Your Feet, Flashdance, Bring It On The Musical, and Hands on a Hardbody.
As a Choreographer, his work has taken flight on the PHISH 2013 fall tour; The Muny’s Aida & Jesus Christ Superstar, the largest outdoor theater in America; and Rua served as an Assistant Choreographer for Rebel Wilson’s upcoming film, “Isn’t It Romantic”.
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.