B i o g r a p h y
I spent decades on stages, in front of cameras, in rehearsal studios and behind microphones, acting, performing and telling stories, but an awesome director and good friend asked me to write some music for a production of Twelfth Night and everything changed...
Jason Ma (馬智培) is the son of an immigrant family and a grateful descendant of a long line of those who were able to persist, overcome, and succeed on their way to becoming Americans. In addition to writing, he's an actor who has performed extensively on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, in regional theaters, and many international venues. Jason is the ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 recipient of the Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist and the 2021 recipient of the Harold Adamson Lyric Award for his work as a lyricist. He wrote the book, music and lyrics for GOLD MOUNTAIN, which received its world premiere production this past November, presented by the Utah Shakespeare Festival. GOLD MOUNTAIN was also performed as a key commemorative event for Utah's 2019 Spike 150 anniversary celebrations, presented n a 2017 concert at The Times Center in New York City by the National Asian Artists Project in partnership with Prospect Theater Company, and selected for the 2016 ASCAP/ DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. Other developmental highlights include an eStudio grant for a workshop at The Masie Center, a staged reading at San Francisco LaborFest in The Aurora Theatre, and being selected by Apples & Oranges Arts for their 2017 THEatre ACCELERATOR. Currently, Jason is writing music and lyrics with librettist/co-lyricist Christine Toy Johnson for the new, original musical BROKEN GROUND, a commissioned work for Village Theatre, where it is now in development.
Opening night remarks for Spike150 concert performances of GOLD MOUNTAIN in Salt Lake City.