Ethan Slater

Ethan Slater (born June 2, 1992) is an American actor, singer, writer, and composer best known for his role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the musical of the same name, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category.[1]

Ethan Slater
Born (1992-06-02) June 2, 1992 (age 28)
Alma materVassar College
OccupationActor, singer, writer, composer
Years active2012–present
Lilly Jay
(m. 2018)

Early life and educationEdit

Slater grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, with two older sisters, Sara Slater and Tamara Slater. His mother died when he was 7. His father, Jay Slater, is remarried, and Slater has two step-brothers. His family is Jewish.[2] He attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and Georgetown Day School.[3] He attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Slater began dating[6] his former high school classmate Lilly Jay.[7] In 2018, the two were married.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Redheads Anonymous[6] Sam
2015 New Mayor of New York Nathan


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lightning Bugs in a Jar Ben
2016 EVOL: Theory of Love Ronny Goldstein


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Riley Porter Episode: "Revenge"
2018 Murphy Brown Officer Reynolds Episode: "Thanksgiving and Taking"
2019 Fosse/Verdon Joel Grey Episode: "Me and My Baby"
2019 Instinct Noah Episode:"After Hours"
2019 The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! SpongeBob SquarePants Television Adaptation of The SpongeBob Musical


Year Production Role Venue Category
2015 Diner Modell Delaware Theatre Company Regional
2015 Claudio Quest Luis NYMF Regional
2016 The SpongeBob Musical SpongeBob SquarePants Oriental Theatre Regional
2017 Baghdaddy Jerry Samuel St. Luke's Theatre Off-Broadway
2017–18 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical SpongeBob SquarePants Palace Theatre Broadway
2019 Camelot Mordred Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway [9]
2020 Assassins Lee Harvey Oswald / The Balladeer Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway


  • Richmond Rewrites - Single (February 5, 2019)
  • Wanderer - EP (July 11, 2019)
  • Life Is Weird - EP (July 21, 2020)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2018 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical SpongeBob SquarePants Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Won
Theatre World Award Honoree Audience Awards[10] Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Won
Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical Won


  1. ^ Haun, Harry (December 25, 2017). "Ethan Slater on How He Prepares Each Night to Be 'SpongeBob' on Broadway". Observer. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
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  3. ^ Schleier, Curt (December 24, 2017). "The happy-go-lucky 25-year-old Jewish guy who plays SpongeBob on Broadway". The Times of Israel. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Jackson, Dory (April 16, 2018). "Ethan Slater Talks About Playing SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway". Newsweek. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (December 22, 2017). "Ethan Slater Is SpongeBob SquarePants". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Deb, Sopan (November 22, 2017). "He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Engel, Margaret (April 2, 2018). "Showstopper". Bethesda Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Slater, Ethan (November 22, 2018). "feeling thankful. . . . . #tbt #nationalpark #married #notinthispictho". Instagram. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Mean Girls Leads Audience Choice Award Winners; Ethan Slater, Hailey Kilgore Also Take Top Prizes". May 17, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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