Jason McCool comes from a long line of people who have been asked, “is that your real last name?” Originally from Brockton, MA, Jason holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (jazz trumpet performance) and the University of Maryland (historical musicology), and has been an adjunct professor of music at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. In September 2013, Jason began doctoral work in musicology at Boston University after receiving a full-tuition Dean's fellowship. A part of the vibrant artistic community of Washington, DC since 2002, Jason’s theatre work includes OMG, part of the 2010-11 Mead Theatre Lab Program and for which he received an individual artist grant from DC’s Cultural Development Corporation to develop, produce, and co-write, as well as compose original piano music, SWAMPOODLE, a devised theatrical event which included development work in Ireland, and RIDING THE BULL, which he produced and acted in for the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival (Washington Post Editors' Pick; named "Best Male Actor" of Fringe, allarts4U). Other favorite acting work includes the title role in Forum Theatre's acclaimed production of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (named as DC Theatre Scene's “Audience Favorite Play” for 2008), SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE with Solas Nua (named by the Washington Post as "One of the Top 10 Plays of the Decade"), THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI with Catalyst Theatre (winner, Helen Hayes Award for ensemble), and DANCING AT LUGHNASA at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC. He has appeared with Studio, Folger, Everyman, and Rorschach Theatres, Theater J, Washington Shakespeare Company, and at the Kennedy Center. Jason studied acting at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC and The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in DC, where he also took directing with Joy Zinoman. He is very happy to be a company member with Solas Nua, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts, and he is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Apart from theater, he has served as the #DCarts liaison for Social Media Club of DC, written reviews for DC's Pink Line Project, and has consulted arts organizations (including Blue Heron Choir, theatreWashington, the National Philharmonic, District Karaoke, and Solas Nua) on social media. Go Red Sox.
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