Mr. Jason Chimonides

  • Mr. Jason ChimonidesAn educator, playwright, director and performer, Jason holds both a B.A in Theatre and an M.F.A in Directing from Florida State University. In addition to numerous educational and professional theater credits, he has taught acting, directing, theater appreciation, and playwriting at IUP, Florida State University, Brooklyn College, Pace University, Farleigh Dickenson University, and the Alliance Theatre.

    Jason’s full-length plays include The Optimist, The Bluest Water, and Serverlove, in addition to numerous short plays and monologues. The Optimist was produced Off-Off Broadway in the Spring of 2008 by Ground Up Productions, and The Bluest Water was produced in 2008 and 2009 by Endstation Theatre Company in Amherst, Va. His work has been developed at MCC, Ars Nova, Naked Angels, Baliwick Rep, Endstation Theater, Slippery Rock University, and Florida State University. The Optimist is published by Dramatist Play Service and excerpted monologues will appear in two Smith and Kraus anthologies in December of 2010.

    Teaching Statement:

    As a passionate theater generalist (and an artist/educator who is infinitely curious about existence and the universe), I’m most interested in the application of theater pedagogy to the liberal arts education. Central to this conviction is theatre’s nature as an inherently interdisciplinary art form (performance, design, music, engineering, history, etc.)—a keystone of a transformative education.

    In my Honors Core classes we will explore fundamental questions from the vantage of the theater artist: a person who employs their unique creative skills towards the intrinsically motivated process of discovering and expressing their humanity to a live audience.

    There is much to discover about every academic subject, and through the conceptual window of theatrical practice, student perspective will be sharpened by the critical thinking skills, self-confidence, creative and communication tools of the discipline. If theater is an image for life, then theatre training is life training, and it is of inestimable value to all of us, no matter on which side of the stage we ultimately end up.

    Welcome to IUP! I look forward to working with you this semester!