Jason Weiss is a highly regarded actor, director and educator with over 20 years of professional experience. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performance from the University of Miami. He came to Theatre of Arts in November of 2011 as a faculty member, and between then and September 2015, taught Acting, Theatre History, Industry Preparation, and directed the Summer Film Intensive. He was appointed Executive Director of Theatre of Arts in October of 2015.
Mr. Weiss was born in Princeton, NJ and grew up in East Greenwich, RI where he attended The Moses Brown School. The majority of his professional career was spent in New York City as an actor and director, where his work was seen on some of the city’s most respected and influential stages, including: THE FORD CENTER, THE CORT THEATRE, 2ND STAGE, THE GREENWICH STREET PLAYHOUSE, THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE, THE MINETTA LANE THEATRE, LA MAMA ETC., THE ABINGDON THEATRE, 29TH STREET REP., and THE LOOKING GLASS THEATRE. He has worked regionally at the HIPPODROME, THE VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE, and PRINCETON REP. Film and television work includes work on ABC, NBC, DISCOVERY, OXYGEN, MTV, MULTIPLE FILM FESTIVALS and over a DOZEN COMMERCIALS.
Mr. Weiss co-wrote (with TOA alumnus Siegfried Tieber) and directed the original play Magiko, which made its world premier at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play received rave reviews, played to sold out audiences and won the coveted SICKEST OF THE FRINGE award.
Throughout his theatrical career, Mr. Weiss has had the privilege to work with such theatrical luminaries as HAROLD PINTER, JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, FRANK GALATI, AUGUSTO BOAL, JERRY HERMAN, CHARLES STROUSE, TERRY SCHREIBER, WILLIAM ESPER, and MICHAEL HOWARD to name but a few. These writers, directors, and teachers, along with the thousands of others with whom Mr. Weiss has had the pleasure to work over the years, have helped him forge a unique and trail blazing view on actor training. This vision for the future of acting lays the foundation for the Theatre of Arts program and is the driving force that makes it the most progressive and forward thinking acting school in Los Angels.
Mr. Weiss continues to be one of the most in-demand acting teachers and coaches in Los Angeles. His clients and students can regularly be seen on all major television networks, the big screen, and on stages around the world. He is the Founder and CEO of THE JASON WEISS STUDIO, and the Top Dog at DOG HOUSE FILMS, LLC., a thriving independent Film, Television and Theatrical production company. He is a member of two of the most highly acclaimed and successful theatre companies in Hollywood, THE BLANK THEATRE COMPANY and the CELEBRATION THEATRE COMPANY, and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA & AEA.