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, he began doctoral work in musicology at Boston University after receiving a full-tuition Dean's fellowship.
In June 2014, Jason founded Solas Nua in Boston, the first regional offshoot of Solas Nua, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to contemporary Irish arts, an organization in which he is proud to be a company member. Solas Nua in Boston is in residence at The Burren in Somerville, MA through the remainder of 2014.
Formerly a part of the vibrant artistic community of Washington, DC, where he returns to throw themed parties, 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 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 (Wash 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 2008 “Audience Favorite Play”), SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE with Solas Nua (named by Wash Post as "One of the Top 10 Plays of the Decade"), THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI with Catalyst Theatre (winner, Helen Hayes Award, 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 Co, 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 a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. He has served as the #DCarts liaison for Social Media Club of DC, written reviews for DC's Pink Line Project and Boston Musical Intelligencer, and has consulted arts organizations on social media.
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