Producer 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.

At 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 disaster.

Now 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.

Using 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 the shows.

At 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.

Mr. 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.

Upon 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.

The 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.

During 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 Street Playhouse.

In 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.

While 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.

Through 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.

While 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.

Today 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.

Mr. 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.

 


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