Jason Goldstein was born an impresario and entrepreneur. As a young
boy, Mr. Goldstein had a fascination with theater and music. His
predisposition to the arts was evident through nursery school productions
and studying Kermit the Frog, the producer of The Muppet Show.
He began to stage his own theatrical ventures as most young children
do, however he was much more serious and driven.
the tender age of eight, Mr. Goldstein gathered the neighborhood
kids who comprised the backyard kickball team in his basement and
founded his first theater company with his younger brother, Kenny.
J&K Showcorp. as it was originally was called, had an initial
mission to stage productions in his basement so that he and his
friends would have a creative outlet. Productions of Oklahoma!,
My Fair Lady and Bye Bye Birdie were produced with
sheets hung on a clothesline as curtains and a seven year old friend
on a ladder with a flashlight for lighting effects. The parents
of the children in the show were real troopers to sit through this
twelve years old and a little more experienced, Mr. Goldstein's
marketing prowess was evident. He understood if he really wanted
to build J&K Shows, which it was now known, he'd have to raise
money, do more manageable shows and move the productions out of
his parent's basement to real venues.
his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Goldstein began a host of auxiliary
businesses to fund his endeavor. Retails gifts, hot dog carts, ice
cream carts, etc proved more challenging than he had hope. He learned
the art of fudge making and baking and set up a booth lemonade style
to earn a few dollars that would go towards buying supplies for
fourteen years old, Mr. Goldstein produced Little Shop of Horrors
for J&K Shows. The production marked his first production that
was in a rented school theater facility, with fully built sets and
costumes, live musicians, publicity and an audience of over forty
people, some strangers. The company really had taken shape, and
he continued to produce musicals under the J&K Shows umbrella
including a production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
in 1996. He also began to write original songs and musicals including
the children's show Magic and a stage musical which became
a student film, Shish Kebob In The Can.
Goldstein's theater experiences where growing outside his own company
as well. He began to get involved with local community theater and
high school productions. Often in addition to his acting responsibilities,
he would help oversee production or management duties such as marketing
and publicity. Mr. Goldstein was involved with productions of The
King and I, A World Of Their Own, Dear World,
Cinderella, Charlotte's Web, Man Of La Mancha,
The Secret Garden, Bye Bye Birdie, Arsenic and
Old Lace, Anything Goes, Funny Money, Me and
My Girl, The Unexpected Guest and Much Ado About Nothing.
In high school Mr. Goldstein was an executive officer of the chorus
and drama club and received awards for such activities.
completion of High School, Mr. Goldstein embarked on his dream to
attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. With an eye towards
continuing his producing activities, Mr. Goldstein was displeased
with the theater scene at Rutgers. Although there were many dramatic
offerings, Mr. Goldstein felt that Rutgers should have a theater
company dedicated to producing strictly classic and forgotten musicals
with large production values and strong business management.
day before he began classes his freshman year, he told the administration
of his goals, and with some work on both ends, The Livingston Theatre
Company, Rutgers premiere musical theater organization, held it's
first meeting in October of 1998.
Mr. Goldstein's tenure, he produced and sometimes directed productions
including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The
Fantasticks, Nunsense, Godspell, Moon Over
Buffalo, The Wiz, Lucky Stiff, Fiddler On The
Roof, Promises, Promises, Jekyll & Hyde, Carnival
and Footloose. The company grew not only artistically, but
gained financial security, many technical amenities, strong brand
awareness and press accolades. His efforts secured his position
in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
During his summer breaks, he would do internships in New York City
to learn more about world of Broadway. He worked for D-Tours/Dodger
Theatricals and Eric Krebs Theatrical Management. He also attended
seminars at The Commercial Theater Institute and interned at George
the spring of 2002, Mr. Goldstein graduated from Rutgers' Livingston
College with an individualized BA in theatrical business and communication
with a minor in music and the prestigious Dean's Award. Upon graduation,
Mr. Goldstein entered Rutgers' School of Business for a Masters
of Business Administration (MBA) program which he completed with
a concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing in the spring
of 2005. During grad school he advised campus groups who would present
various programs and concerts, which helped him to expand his knowledge
of the entertainment industry. He also advised his undergraduate
theater department and designed sets for The Will Rogers Follies,
Company and sets and lights for A Chorus Line.
still in graduate school, Mr. Goldstein determined to launch his
own producing office began staging shows in the professional arena.
In the late summer of 2003, Mr. Goldstein began to develop a new
theatrical concept that mixed music, theater, comedy and sports.
Chuckleball: The Sports Comedy and Parody Musical Revue was
born and became the first project of Mr. Goldstein's newly formed
company, Jason Goldstein Theatricals, LLC.
the company, Chuckleball was produced off-Broadway at The
Producer's Club Theatre on West 44th Street for a limited run. Chuckleball
entertained hundreds, returned it's investment and launched a series
of new editions including Chuckleball: Performance Enhancers,
Chuckleball: I Keep Working My Way Back From Juice Babe and
Chuckleball: There's Always Room For Balco which played theaters,
colleges and corporate dates over the next few years. Chuckleball returned Off-Broadway to The Snapple Theatre Center on Broadway in the fall of 2007 with Chuckleball: Jailhouse Jocks. The production received strong press accolades and was embraced by the sports industry. During the run, the cast sang the National Anthem for the New York Knicks and the New York Jets. In the summer of 2008 Chuckleball had the privelage to perform a private engagement for Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer and many other baseball greats.
building and growing Chuckleball, Mr. Goldstein continued
to diversify his career. He wrote a song, The Holiday Season,
a new Christmas standard, consulted for various arts organizations
on organizational behavior and marketing, and even did some teaching
at his alma mater, Rutgers University. He also produced two cabarets
and a concert staging.
Mr. Goldstein continues to work on a variety of projects including
Chuckleball, two other original musicals, some film and tv scripts, and his Christmas
song. In addition he continues to freelance as an event planner (producer of the Rutgers University Distinguished Alumni Awards), teacher (taught musical theater for the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory), webmaster (too numerous to mention) and is the director of marketing and technology for Tony Award Winning Crossroads Theatre Company.
Goldstein volunteers his time with many organizations including
being a founding board member of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, the 1st Vice President of the Livingston Alumni Association
of Rutgers University and the Chairman of the Livingston Theatre
Company Alumni Association.