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Jason Paul Tate

Published August 15, 2018

Assistant Professor
School of Theatre

Instagram: @jasonpaultate

Areas of Responsibility

Movement Direction & Fight Choreography


Jason Paul Tate is a director, choreographer and performer, whose work has appeared onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, in Central Park and in a number of downtown venues including Classic Stage Company, Ars Nova, Rattlestick, and BAM. His work has also been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York Fringe Festival and regionally at A.R.T., Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and at a number of the country’s outdoor dramas including the Tony-Award winning The Lost Colony. Jason has performed stunts for several theme parks, live entertainment venues and on film for the Travel Channel, Amazon and ESPN.

A native Kentuckian, Jason has taught and choreographed productions for The New School, New York Film Academy, Hofstra University, Florida State University, the Asolo Conservatory, University of Kentucky, University of Central Florida, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Transylvania University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. He has also served on the teaching staff at the National Stage Combat Workshop, the Stage Combat Workshop at Louisiana Tech, the New York Summer Sling, the A-Town Throwdown, the Lonestar Smash and the Tourist Trap Stage Combat & Stunt Workshop, which he cofounded.

Also a founding member of Neutral Chaos, LLC; his company offers year-round classes in various movement and stage combat disciplines to working professionals and students looking to expand their physical acting vocabulary in New York City. Jason is a certified instructor of stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.


B.F.A. Acting, Florida State University

Teaching Areas

  • Movement
  • Stage Combat

Research Area

  • Movement Languages on Film
  • Depictions of Theatrical or Cinematic Violence in “gun-free” or restricted gun cultures
  • Evolution of Developmental Movement Patterns throughout Age of Technology

Scholarly & Creative Works

  • Love’s Labour’s Lost. Great Lakes Theater/Idaho Shakespeare, dir. Tyne Rafaeli. Movement Director.
  • Othello. Classic Stage Company, dir. Tyne Rafaeli. Fight Director/Assistant Director.
  • Arrabal. American Repertory Theatre, dir. Sergio Trujillo. Fight Director.
  • Tristan und Isolde. Metropolitan Opera, dir. Mariusz Trelinski, Performer.
  • Circus: Wandering City. Ethel Central, Co-Comissioned by Ringling Museum of Art. Movement/Fight Director.
  • Misery. Great Lakes Theater/Idaho Shakespeare, dir. Charles Fee. Movement/Special Effects Director.
  • The Lost Colony. “Burning Girl,” dir. Ira David Wood III. Stunt Coordinator and Assistant Fight Director.
  • Underground Railroad Game. Ars Nova, dir. Taibi Magar. Assistant Fight Director.
  • Cyrano De Bergerac. Metropolitan Opera, dir. Francesca Zambello. Performer/Fighter.
  • Peloponnesus. The Cutout Theatre, dir. Avery Wigglesworth. Fight/Movement Director.