Jonathan Shimon is an Associate Professor of Theatre Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo. His specialties include industrial hygiene for theatre, scenic automation, structural design and analysis, rigging, material labor estimation and management. He is a certified theatrical rigger and recognized trainer through the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. Jon was selected to be the Technical Director for the US entries in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. An Associate Trainer for The Chicago Flyhouse, Jon travels internationally training technicians and performers in rigging, performer flying, and automation safety for the cruise ship industry. His previous professional credits include various positions at Neglia Ballet (Buffalo, NY), Shakespeare in Delaware Park (Buffalo, NY), Art Park (Lewiston, NY), Asolo Repertory (Sarasota, FL), Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, NY), Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (Weston, VT), Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM) and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland (College Park, MD). Jon earned a MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University.