Category: News

Stab Caesar: A Fool with Queens

I was recently asked to participate in yet another Fools & Kings Project – this time at home in my role as fight and movement director for their all female production of Julius Caesar. I’ve been having an incredible time throwing together some onstage battles (typically inferred in the text) with longswords, quarterstaves, some hand to hand and knives for…

Jason named to faculty @ New York Film Academy

I am happy to announce that I will be joining the faculty of the Acting for Film department of the New York Film Academy, effective June 1. Initially, I will be teaching combat for film (surprise, surprise) in addition to text analysis. As the summer closes and the regular year begins, however, I expect to add scene study, audition technique…

The Lost Colony – Return of “Burning Girl”

Having honed my craft on the stages of outdoor dramas since age 17, I couldn’t be more excited to join the creative team behind the 78th Anniversary Season of the Tony Honored outdoor drama, The Lost Colony. Years ago, when current director Ira David Wood, III, was performing in the show; there was a character aptly named the “burning girl.”…

Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew

Lordy mercy. Just over a month in New York City and I already find myself prepping Shakespeare for a Central Park audience. Not THE Shakespeare in the Park mind you, but some high volume verse and verbiage nonetheless. I have recently begun rehearsals for The Taming of the Shrew produced by the Fools & Kings Project. What part you ponder?…

She Kills Monsters @ The New School

Just finished my first rehearsal working with the undergraduate actors at the New School for Drama on Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters. This play is going to be a helluva fun time. Fantastic story, wildly imaginative and lots of room to play. Thankfully, director Glynis Rigsby is also open to exploring the extremes as we dive deeper into the world…

Classic Stage Company Hamlet Workshop

New York has been kind to me thus far. I have been blessed with opportunities for one reason or another to step into some of the city’s finest venues to create and to collaborate. Recently, I was asked to visit the Classic Stage Company to present a workshop in stage combat to members of its NextGen program in coordination with the opening…

Richard II @ Hofstra Shakespeare Festival

Wouldn’t you know it? A Shakespeare nut like me comes to work by chance at a university he knows little to nothing about outside their movement curriculum. Within a week of being hired, I discover that not only does the university host one of the longest running Shakespeare festivals in the area, but for the first time in 66 years,…

Hofstra University Pride

As those of you who may follow my posts are aware, I have moved to New York City and entered a new phase of my career as a freelancer. I am happy to have been able to logistically afford this new endeavor largely in part to my newest assignment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University on Long Island.…

NYC Bound!!!

Hey you guys! This humble hillbilly is moving to the big city!!! Plans have been in the works for quite some time now and the Big Apple has been calling my name for years. I’ve finally decided to succumb to her persistent propositions and take the leap. As of mid-January, I will be based in New York City as an…

January Semester @ TAMUCC

January can’t come soon enough. For the third year in a row, I will be making the trip to Corpus Christi where I will teach two sections of stage combat; one in unarmed, the other in knife. Few times throughout the year do I have opportunity to work with such dedicated students. It is rewarding to know that so many…