Jason Marr

Jason M.

Seattle, WA
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Lesson Details

Improv Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Prepping an audition for an upcoming show or for admission into an acting program? Want to hone and develop your audition monologues (especially Shakespeare)? Just need a coach to help you take your acting to another level? Then let's get started, online or in person. I can help.

I've been working as a professional actor in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. I've performed with the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, ACT Theatre in Seattle, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz to name a few. I've also been the featured voice in voiceovers for companies like University of Washington Medical, Golden 1 State Credit Union, Microsoft, and Surface Pro 3. On Camera Credits include short films, industrials, and commercials for Taco Time, Tulalip Casino, and Washington Dental Association.

I hold a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC. My training includes a wealth of acting techniques (Stanislavski, Meisner, etc.), movement, and stage combat, with a focus in particular on voice and text for Shakespeare.

I've conducted interactive workshops on Shakespearean Acting (including stage combat!) across the southeast while on tour with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival's Globeworks Program. I've also lead workshops at the West End Studio Theatre in Santa Cruz while performing with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
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Jason delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I've been performing roles in the theatre and on-camera for over 25 years. My BFA in Acting and Directing and my MFA in Classical Acting have afforded me a wide variety of tools and skills to employ in the craft of acting. Performing with professional repertory companies like ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, I've gained personal knowledge of the art, craft, and business of being a working actor, which I will put to work for you, in a personalized one-on-one coaching session, either online or in person.

Here's how I can help.

SCENE WORK AND MONOLOGUES: Whether it's dusting off and refreshing monologues you've performed more times than you can count, or developing pieces or scenes for the first time for an upcoming stage or on-camera audition, we can break the material down together, work on the clarity of your choices and active objectives, and access your personal connection to the material so you'll be ready and confident with a one-of-a-kind performance that reflects the strengths you bring to acting and the story you want to tell.

SHAKESPEARE: Perhaps the most daunting of styles for a contemporary actor, we'll get down to the nuts and bolts of some of the most challenging (and rewarding) material. The famous soliloquies are famous for a reason and can certainly be intimidating, and more obscure material can seem thick and inaccessible. We'll chip away at the mystique of Shakespeare by digging in to the text and verse, activating the language with specificity, and cultivating your personal take on well-known characters or lesser known material they might not have seen before.

DIALECTS AND ACCENTS: From English to Irish to Southern American and beyond, a well executed dialect can be the edge you need to land (and play) that meaty role. I use a multipronged approach that involves ear training to develop an authentic sound, text analysis for clarity of sound substitutions (IPA Proficient), and exercises that pare away stilted and unnatural speech to cultivate an authentic sounding voice that will be your own.

VOICEOVER: I've been booking voiceover gigs on TV, radio, and the internet for over 10 years with clients like Microsoft, Liberty Mutual, UW Medicine, Tableau, Reno Toyota, and Golden One State Credit Union. I can offer tips and tricks of the trade, as well as techniques that can take your VO submissions to the next level and help you book these lucrative contracts.

Let's get started!

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Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting
Aug 2008 - Jul 2009
The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing
Sep 1992 - Nov 1996
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Actor Combatant with SAFD in 8 Weapons
Jun 2009
Society of American Fight Directors

Passed all 8 certification tests as an Actor Combatant in Rapier and Dagger, Single Sword, Broadsword, Sword and Shield, Quarterstaff, Unarmed, Smallsword, and Knife. Performed in productions choreographed by notable fight masters Allen Suddeth (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival) and Rick Sordelet (The Shakespeare Theatre). Trained with and performed in productions choreographed by Brad Waller (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Geoffrey Alm (Freehold Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Co).

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Photos & Videos

Henry V (Michael Hayden) and Scroop (Jason Marr) in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Henry V, directed by Michael Kahn.

Henry V (Michael Hayden) and Scroop (Jason Marr) in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Henry V.

Proteus (J. Marr) and Speed (Chris Morson) in Two Gentlemen of Verona with Wooden O, Seattle WA

Proteus (J. Marr) and Julia (Angelica Duncan-Basile) in Two Gentlemen of Verona with Wooden O, Seattle WA

Fabian (J. Marr), Aguecheek (W. Elsman) and Toby Belch (P. O'Conner) in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, d. Marco Barricelli

Fabian (J. Marr), Toby Belch (P. O'Conner), and Aguecheek (W. Elsman) in Twelfth Night at SSC, directed by Marco Barricelli

Frank Lawler as Robert Lyons and J. Marr as Oliver Kilbourne in The Pitmen Painters with ACT Theatre in Seattle

Charles Leggett, Jason Marr as Oliver Kilbourne, and R. Hamilton Wright in The Pitmen Painters with ACT Theatre, directed by Kurt Beattie

Photo by Jason M.


12 Reviews

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Jill J. Dec 7, 2018
Voice Acting · Online

William Nov 26, 2018
Acting · Online

Great lesson, great direction, and extremely helpful with furthering my knowledge and practice. Especially for a student with zero acting experience coming into the lessons.

I’m extremely excited about the future.

Alexa R. Nov 13, 2018
Acting · Online

Jason is an excellent acting coach!

lara Oct 22, 2018
Film Acting · In home

My son is very difficult to work with. He had never seen any reason to memorize a monologue word for word. Jason had a very difficult job ahead of him, getting my son ready for his auditions for college. Through working with Jason,my son realized the value of memorization, and practicing his monologue enough times to get it down. He is attending AMDA now, and he could have picked from three colleges that he auditioned for.

Jason kept his cool and worked well through all the little shows of emotion and pique that my son put on. Jason really came through for us and we will be using his services again for our daughter. Not only does Jason know his stuff, but he knows how to work with and handle teens.

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Albert Aug 30, 2018
Voice Acting · Online

Jacob B. Jun 22, 2018
Acting · In home

Jason was spectacular!

Alexa Jun 22, 2018
Acting · In home

Very good information and first session. Thanks so much!

Julie May 31, 2018
Voice Acting · Online

Personable instructor who listens has great advice

Olga May 14, 2018
Film Acting · Online

Melissa G. Mar 21, 2018
Acting · In home

Jason was a great instructor. It was my 12 year old daughter's first exploration into acting. Jason was clear and concise with instruction and spent quite a bit of time outside the 1 hour home instruction class to find suitable monologues. If acting is something my daughter wants to explore further, we will definitely be going back to Jason.

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londun D. Feb 14, 2018
Acting · In studio

Jason made me feel comfortable and gave great direction.......I don't know what I am doing and he is a good teacher !

Cherry P. Dec 14, 2017
Improv Acting · In home

Jason is a wonderful coach. Robbie really liked him because she felt so comfortable with him and worked one on one with him. He is very flexible and helps her to prepare for audition. I highly recommend him.

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