Jason (he/him/el) is a New York-based Mexican-American director, bookwriter, and choreographer, specializing in new musical development and reinvestigating the traditional American book musical. He aims to inspire audiences’ imaginations, spark curiosity, and compel patrons to be skeptical of the status quo. Jason strives to be radically inclusive in his practices while delivering a theatrical Flintstone vitamin to audiences —
a socio-political message served through candy-coated entertainment.
Jason is a SDCF Fellow – mentored by Susan Stroman, a member of the Directors Group at Roundabout Theatre Company, the Artistic Producing Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre, a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, a founding member of Theatre Now’s National Musical Writers Group, a graduate of the George and Joy Abbott MFA in Musical Theatre Collaboration at Temple University, and a recipient of Temple University’s Future Faculty Fellowship. Jason has also studied with The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings, and the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester.
Musicals in development include Sick Moves! (or The Dancing Plague of 1518) – a pop/rock musical comedy reimagining of the mysterious dancing plague, Turing and the Poison Apple – An electro-pop fairytale chronicling the heroic life and villainous death of mathematics genius Alan Turing, Disco Destruction – Inspired by the 1979 Disco Demolition event at Comiskey Park which marked, for many, the end of the Disco Era, and BrandedTM! – a Sci-Fi musical comedy about identity politics in the 21st Century.
Recent directing credits include The Evolution of (Henry) Mann, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Peter and The Starcatcher, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Jason is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer Association.