Jason Mitchell
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I was born and raised in South Florida and grew up “in the theatre.” My mother is a professional director and passed on her passion for theatre to me at a very young age. As a child I spent all of my free time performing in local children’s theatre, and as I grew older I began to act professionally at various theatres throughout South Florida, and was the recipient of the Silver Knight Award in Drama. For college I attended the conservatory New World School of the Arts in Miami and graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Florida.

After college graduation I moved to New York and had my first play produced.  THE RED BOX is a love story that explores homosexual persecution during the Holocaust, and is the only play that sheds light on the post-camp life of gay survivors.  The play premiered  at Walkerspace produced by Sara Katz and under the direction of Tesha Buss. The play has since been presented at academic conferences and on college campuses.

My next play was THE BOYS UPSTAIRS, a comedy about sex, dating, relationships, and all the blurry lines in between. The first staged reading was directed by Christopher Gattelli. THE BOYS UPSTAIRS then made it's premier in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. After a sold-out and critically acclaimed run THE BOYS UPSTAIRS was invited to be a part of the Fringe NYC Encore Series where it was the only show to sell out the Soho Playhouse. It was then presented again as a staged reading directed by Darren Katz in the Fringe Benefit Series as one of the top 15 shows from 15 years of the Fringe Festival. It made it’s west coast debut at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, it’s international debut at the Above the Stag Theatre in London, and will arrive this spring in Chicago.

 

While working as a playwright I also developed a career in events. With time I realized that weddings were my favorite as they allow me to work with different couples to tell their story.  This led me to publishing my first book. GETTING GROOMED: THE ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNER FOR GAY GROOMS was published by Chronicle Books in January 2014 and remains the only wedding planner on the market specifically for gay grooms.  I now work full time for Shiraz Events as their resident wedding planner and blog regularly about weddings.


While planning multiple weddings, I’ve recently been working on developing a television show and I’ve started my next play.  I’m currently splitting my time between New York and Los Angeles.  Follow me at @MrJasonMitchell

 

 
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