Jason King Jones







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Jason is Artistic Director of National Players, based at Olney Theatre Center, where he also serves as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education. For the Players Mr. Jones has written and directed an original play based on Homer's ODYSSEY, as well as directed THE TEMPEST, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, ROMEO AND JULIET, ANIMAL FARM, and OF MICE AND MEN. For Olney, Jason has directed GODSPELL, THE TEMPEST, NEVILLE'S ISLAND, and in 2015 he'll direct the classic thriller, DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER. At Olney Theatre Center Jason has devised a long-term strategy to make Olney Theatre Center a nationally recognized model for the integration of theater and education. Previously as an Artistic Associate at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Jason directed THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and THE GROUCH, along with nearly a dozen abridged classical plays for their educational touring companies. Other directing credits include LATER THE SAME EVENING (Opera Institute, Boston University), PEER GYNT (InCite Arts Festival), FALLUJAH (Kennedy Center / ACTF), A NUMBER (Whistler in the Dark), MURDERING MARLOWE (In Actu Theatre), TWELFTH NIGHT (Shakespeare Center Los Angeles), THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE and THE GOOD DAUGHTER (NJ REP); THE RAINMAKER and THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (12 Miles West); ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA (Expanded Arts); and MASTER HAROLD … AND THE BOYS (Public Theatre of Kentucky). Jason has directed and taught at Boston University, Purdue University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Missouri State University and the University of Scranton. Jason was twice Staff Repertory Director with The Acting Company, and he is the co-creator and director of VERY VERY, a Shakespeare rock show based on AS YOU LIKE IT that is currently in commercial development. Jason is a proud graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre.



  • Tours 65, 66, 67, 68 National Players US Tour 2012–16
  • Bad Dog* Olney Theatre Center 2015
  • The Price Olney Theatre Center 2015
  • Awake and Sing! Olney Theatre Center 2014
  • Colossal* (winner of 5 Helen Hayes Awards) Olney Theatre Center 2014
  • The Piano Lesson Olney Theatre Center 2014
  • I and You* Olney Theatre Center 2014
  • Spring Awakening Olney Theatre Center 2013
  • Murdering Marlowe The Access Theater 2005

DIRECTING (selected)

  • Mary Poppins Olney Theatre Center 2016
  • Hamlet National Players US Tour 2016
  • Dial 'M' for Murder Olney Theatre Center 2016
  • A Tale of Two Cities* National Players US Tour 2015
  • Godspell Olney Theatre Center 2015
  • Later the Same Evening Boston University Opera Institute 2014
  • The Tempest Olney Theatre Center 2014
  • Odyssey* National Players US Tour 2013
  • Neville’s Island Olney Theatre Center 2013
  • Very Very* (co-creator) Gibson Showroom, NYC 2013
  • Romeo & Juliet National Players US Tour 2012
  • Animal Farm National Players US Tour 2012
  • Comedy of Errors Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2012
  • Peer Gynt^ TriBeCa Performing Arts Center 2012
  • A Number Whistler in the Dark 2012
  • Of Mice and Men National Players US Tour 2011
  • The Learned Ladies Boston University 2011
  • Fallujah* Kennedy Center & TriBeCa PAC 2011
  • Spring Storm Boston University 2010
  • Servant of Two Masters Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2010
  • The Oresteia Boston University 2010
  • The Rivals University of Alabama at Birmingham 2009
  • Cmplt Wrks...(Abridged) Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2008
  • True West Michael Chekhov Theatre, NYC 2007
  • Women of Troy Purdue University 2007
  • The Women of Lockerbie New Jersey Repertory Company 2006
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle^ Nebraska Wesleyan University 2006
  • Murdering Marlowe* The Access Theater, NYC 2005
  • The Rainmaker 12 Miles West, Bloomfield, NJ 2005
  • Merry Wives of Windsor Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2005
  • Twelfth Night Shakespeare Center Los Angeles 2004
  • The Good Daughter* New Jersey Repertory Company 2003
  • The Brothers Karamazov* 12 Miles West 2002
  • The Grouch^ Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2002
  • Macbeth Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Tour 2002
  • Master Harold and the boys Public Theatre of Kentucky 2001
  • Enter the Guardsman* Queen Elizabeth 2, The High Seas 2000
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