Born in Ipswich, Jonathan Payn was trained by his mother, Janet Kinson, before joining the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993; Soloist, 2000; First Soloist 2006. He leads workshops for Birmingham Royal Ballet's Department for Learning, is an Associate of the ISTD (Cecchetti Society Faculty), has an MA in Applied Dance in Education and the Community and teaches for the Cecchetti Society, Ace Dance and Music, Kate Simmons Dance Ltd and Elmhurst School for Dance as well as regularly coaching young dancers. In 2012/13 Jonathan was mentored by Nelson Fernandez OBE as part of Dance UK's 'Dancers Mentoring Scheme'. He acted as Company Manager for the North-East leg of the Company's 2007 and 2008 split tours, and represented Chi Cao prior to the filming of Mao's Last Dancer. In the summer of 2011 Jonathan taught on the Cecchetti Classical Summer School and coached for the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. In December 2014 he worked with St Francis Church, Bournville, to present a performance of Journey of the Magi by Springs Dance Company and for the 2015 production of Enigma Variations he is shadowing the restating process at the request of the Ashton Foundation, with a view to being and approved répétiteur of the ballet.
Jonathan will be a guest teacher for the Cecchetti Society of Southern Africa at their Summer School in Durban, Kwaulu Natal, in December 2015.
Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Widow Simone, Thomas), The Dream (Demetrius), Enigma Variations (Elgar, Jaeger), Dante Sonata (Child of Light), Birthday Offering, Scéne de Ballet and Façade ('Foxtrot')
George Balanchine: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morosine), Western Symphony and Prodigal Son
David Bintley: Arthur (Merlin), Beauty and the Beast (Merchant, Monsieur Cochon, Woodsman), Edward II (Despenser, Duke of Hainault), Cyrano (De Guiche, Montfleury), Far from the Madding Crowd (Boldwood), Hobson's Choice (Henry Hobson, Albert Prosser), The Nutcracker Sweeties (lead Floreador), The Shakespeare Suite (Macbeth, Richard III), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café ('Now Nothing'), Cinderella (Major Domo), Aladdin (Sultan), Tombeaux, and The Prince of the Pagodas (The Emperor, Court Official)
John Cranko: Brouillards ('Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq.')
Mikhail Fokine: The Firebird (Kostcheï) and Petrushka (Showman)
Oliver Hindle: Libramenta
Joe Layton: The Grand Tour (George Bernard Shaw, Gertrude Stein)
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt, Lord Capulet), Elite Syncopations.
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Red King), The Prospect Before Us (Lawyer)
Peter Wright's productions of Coppélia (Dr Coppélius), The Nutcracker (Drosselmeyer) and The Sleeping Beauty (King Florestan XXVI) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Baron von Rothbart)
Jonathan has created Into the Ferment for Birmingham Royal Ballet and also contributed to Birmingham Royal Ballet's choreographic projects: Mozart in C Minor, Pictures at an Exhibition, Carnival of the Animals and Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived (telling the story of Henry VIII in less than five minutes). Other commissions include Five Enrico Variations (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House), Phoebus Arise, Concertino, Blue Rondo and Iken (National Youth Ballet), Vivo Vivaldi (Royal Ballet School Summer School), Cestus, Hummel Variations and Strathspey and Reel (Elmhurst School for Dance).
1991: Kerrison Cooke Bursary at the Paul Clarke Award
1993: Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition (3rd prize)