Praised for his portrayal as "Paul" in the original cast of the revival of "A Chorus Line," Jason Tam is another next generation performer rising fast! From theatre to film to television, Jason is sought after. In addition to the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line," Jason has starred on Broadway and on tour in "Les Miserables" as well as at various regional theatres including The Guthrie, Sacramento Music Circus, and Casa Manana. Jason has participated in numerous workshops of hopeful shows such as "The Distant Bells," "The Last Goodbye," "US," "Clueless," "The Black Suits," "The Nightingale," and "The Yellow Wood." His film and television credits include "Every Little Step" (the documentary chronicling the casting and mounting of the revival of "A Chorus Line"), "One Life To Live" (Markko), and "Beyond The Break" (Shoe). For much more on Jason be sure to visit http://www.jasontam.net/
Currently, Jason can be seen in the Transport Group's new musical "Lysistrata Jones" through June 19 at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South) along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participants LaQuet Sharnell, Josh Segarra, and upcoming participant Liz Mikel as well as Alexander Aguilar, Katie Boren, Lindsay Chambers, Max Kumangai, Patti Murin, Kat Nejat, Teddy Toye, and Alex Wyse. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My older sister encouraged me to audition for some community theater productions when I was younger, and then to study at a conservatory after I graduated high school. I wouldn't be where I am today with out her.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? That's a tie between Mark Rylance and Norbert Leo Butz. They both consistently create characters that surprise me and take up a lot of space, in a really intriguing way.
3. What attracted you to "Lysistrata Jones" and what is your favorite part of the show? Douglas Carter Beane!
4. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period of a show? Finally getting an audience! I love the beginnings of the rehearsal process without an audience because it's purely exploratory and safe. But after a while I become so burrowed in the material that it becomes hard to have a sense of objectivity or perspective. Each audience during previews adds a unique perspective through their energy and reactions, that I wouldn't get otherwise.
5. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I recently moved to Harlem and now have a beautiful, giant living room that I can actually move in!
6. What do you get from performing in a theatrical show that you don't get from performing on television? In television everything is shot according to what set your filming on, so scenes are rarely shot in chronological order. You're also constantly having to stop for lighting, or camera placement, or one of a thousand other things. There's something satisfying about the momentum I get from performing on stage. Theater's like riding a roller coaster, it's not going to stop unless something truly horrible goes wrong. It's thrilling.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Nothing like the gym and some good old fashioned will power.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs.
9. Favorite website? I'm an avid video gamer so I check IGN like it's my job.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wolverine.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? "Neytiri" from "Avatar" would give me the Pandora boot camp.
13. What was it like to originate the role of "Paul" in the revival of "A Chorus Line" and be part of "Every Little Step"? Getting to play Paul was a dream come true. "Every Little Step" did a great job telling the story of the life of performers, and how much heart and drive it takes to do what we do. I'm so proud to be a part of it.