J. Jason Daunter currently is serving his first term on the Board of Directors for the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA). One of the leading advocates and outreach professionals for arts advocacy Jason’s life changed when he was introduced to educational theatre at a young age. As an alumnus of the International Thespian Society he feels privileged to give back and “pay it forward” by being involved with EdTA in numerous capacities.
Professionally he currently serves as the Production Stage Manager on the 1st National tour of the mega-hit Broadway musical Wicked.
Previous Broadway credits include Wicked, the short-lived Glory Days and the critically acclaimed Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. (Jason also served as Mr. Kline’s artistic associate during the New York run). National tour credits include: Wicked, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and A Christmas Carol.
He is proud to be one of the creators of EdTA’s Making Magic, Defying Gravity working alongside Gai Jones, Matt Conover, and Kristen McFadden on this incredible advocacy outreach fundraising benefit that has been touring the country raising funds for Thespian scholarships since January 2012. In addition to his work with EdTA his philanthropic efforts include the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society, and during his 5 years with Wicked has lead these companies to raise over 1.5 million dollars in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Jason has presented at Thespian festivals in the States of Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York, and New Jersey. He has been the Keynote Speaker for the States of Arkansas, California, Missouri, New York and Nevada. Since 2009 he has mentored the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Stage Managers. He has presented master classes at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Miami University- Ohio, Cincinnati College Conservatory (CCM), Lindenwood University, Webster University, USITT, and the Actors Equity Association. Jason served as an adjunct professor at Queens College in New York teaching Stage Management.
Jason is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, The International Thespian Society (Troupe 5140, an honorary member of Troupe 5929 and 2129), a member of Alpha Psi Omega (the National Honorary Theatre Fraternity), and a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association.