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Jon Catherwood-Ginn

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization

Jon Catherwood-Ginn serves as the associate director of programming at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. In that capacity, he has collaborated with MacArthur Fellows, Obie-, Tony-, National Book and Grammy Award-winners in the planning of educational programs and development of new works. As an educator, arts leader, and applied theatre artist, Jon has worked in domains as diverse as urban public schools, Off-Broadway theatre companies, national service organizations, regional planning commissions, juvenile detention centers, and Research I universities. He was an inaugural member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ (APAP) Leadership Fellows program. As an artist, reviewer, and consultant, Jon has worked with the Intercultural Leadership Institute, APAP, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Sojourn Theatre, The TEAM, Lost Nation Theatre, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, Extant Arts Company, and Aquila Theatre. Projects Jon has led in arts-based community engagement, collaborative programming, and equity have been featured at conferences by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Imagining America, APAP, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and Association of American Colleges & Universities. In addition to his service on the arts and culture committee of the Center for European Union, Transatlantic & Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS), Jon is an affiliate faculty of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies. Jon received a B.A. in English and Theatre with Honors from Bucknell University and M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech.

Research Interests

  • Arts philanthropy
  • Civic practice
  • Community engagement
  • Cultural diplomacy 
  • Decoloniality
  • Representation


  • Catherwood-Ginn, J., & Leonard, B. (2015). Rivers and Bridges: Theater in Regional Planning. In M. O. Stephenson & S. Tate (Eds.), Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas (pp. 28-53). Routledge.
  • Catherwood-Ginn, J. (Ed.) & Cocke, D., Johnson, D., Leonard, R., Milburn, A., Rowel, R. (2015). “Essay: Remembrance, Healing, Celebration, and Resilience, Art and Organizing in West Baltimore.” Web.
  • Catherwood-Ginn, J. & Cowgill, K. (2013). “Acting Up: Disruption in Public Space.” RE: Reflections & Explorations, Institute for Policy & Governance, Virginia Tech. Web.
  • Catherwood-Ginn, J. & Leonard, R. (2012). "Playing for the Public Good: The Arts in Planning & Government." Animating Democracy's Working Guide Trend Papers on Arts for Change. Web.