Establishing Monday Morning Productions in 1998, Jason has been able to create a niche in the Off-Off Broadway scene with MMP’s productions, including his first play, A Month of Sundays, which premiered in New York City at the Theatre Row Theatre. With Monday Morning Productions, Jason has produced theatrical readings, musical concerts, comedy nights and the plays him & her (written by Cicci), Closet Chronicles featuring Emmy winner Marilyn Sokol and 7 Reece Mews. Most recently, MMP produced Hate Mail, starring Jason and Drama Desk nominee Danielle Ferland. MMP also produced the 59th Annual Theare World Awards at Studio 54 for PBS. MMP’s popular original series, “He’s With Me”, created and written by Jason, has been nominated for several awards. Season Two debuted in June, 2015.
An accomplished producer, Jason formed his first company, At That Stage Productions, in 1990. As Producing Artistic Director, Jason not only made the company a mainstay in the summer theatre scene, but an outlet for young artists to gain experience in the theatre. In 1999, Jason assumed artistic directorship of Fayetteville Playhouse, a professional summer theatre in upstate New York. In the playhouse’s inaugural year, Jason introduced Kitty Carlisle Hart and her one-woman show My Life on the Wicked Stage and brought back local legend Arthur Storch to perform in Twice Around the Park. Also that season, the playhouse produced Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, starring Theatre World Award winner Frank Ferrante.
Jason was also Producing Artistic Director of Summerstage New York, a professional summer theatre that established itself in 2004 with the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing and his play him & her. Subsequent productions, which received critical praise, include Susan Sandler’s Crossing Delancey, the original concert The Jerry Herman Songbook and Eddie Carroll in Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom. A fund raiser for the project brought world renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu to upstate New York in a concert also benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Jason received his training at Syracuse University where he graduated with a BFA in Drama and Music. His featured roles in the theatre have included his turn as Malvolio in Moonwork’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s What You Will, originating the role of Chris in 108 Waverly at Queens Theatre in the Park and Peccadillo Theatre Company’s world premiere of John O’Hara’s Veronique at the Bank Street Theatre. Jason also co-starred with Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis in a reading of Auntie Mame.
Jason’s writing career began with his play A Month of Sundays. The play has subsequently been written into the feature film “Relationship Deluxe”, which has received readings featuring Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Jennifer Westfeldt, Bryan Batt and Jeremy Kushnier. His second play, Another Adam, had its first reading in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Jason taught a masterclass in theatre at the University of the Arts. A subsequent reading was produced starring two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser and Drama Desk nominee Julia Murney. His play him & her has been produced several times, including performances at HERE, produced by PSNBC. The play won a playwriting competition at The Riant Theatre . He is also the author of See Jane Fall and Under the Tree.
As an instructor, Jason is a faculty member at School of Visual Arts where he teaches Live Action Short Film in the School of Design. Jason has also created educational curricula specifically designed for young people who may be considering a career in the arts. These curricula are focused on the business aspect of the entertainment world, providing the necessary tools to prepare young artists for the demands of an increasingly difficult industry. Jason has taught masterclasses in this curriculum at high schools, colleges and The Biz, MMP’s on-going, seasonal workshop for young actors.
Jason serves as advisor for the Theatre World Awards and an adjudicator for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.