Jason Jenn is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist. He wears many hats as a performer, writer, director, producer, designer, video editor, creative consultant, and avowed protean-of-many-trades. Jason combines various sensory delights – words, sounds, music, movement, video, and other visual forms – for stage, screen, and gallery exhibition. As the Troubadour Trixter he engages in sharing provocative, uplifting, and imaginative ideas and storytelling.
His work reexamines familiar archetypes and themes of universal interest, engaging the mind as well as the heart, balancing humor with tragedy. They are frequently infused with socio-political and/or queer empowered themes with the potential to resonate with everyone.
One of Jason’s current and ongoing performance-based projects is creating dramatic interpretations of queer poetry (sometimes involving costumes, props, video projection, dancers, and live music). He views these performances as ways to collaborate with the deceased authors and a way to widen awareness and appreciation of important, but underrepresented works of literature. The aim is to enhance the literary experience, making the words come to vivid life on stage and accessible to contemporary audiences in freshly relevant ways.
In 2011 he presented the poetry of Constantine P. Cavafy in a way that told the writer’s emotional life story in a full-length production called Cavafy’s Caress. In 2012 he inhabited French author and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. In 2013 and 2014 he frolicked with the words of James Broughton with a full-length show Ecstasy For Everyone (so named after one of the freely expressed poet’s most outrageous lines) and toured at several locations alongside the screenings of the documentary film “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” as part of his centennial. For the 30th Anniversary of West Hollywood in 2015 he used dancers and live music to present Paul Monette’s heartbreaking poetry about his lover’s death during the height of the AIDS crisis. In 2016 he presented selections for the Centennial Celebrations of Harold Norse, respected Beat generation poet and mentor to Charles Bukowski.
“When I create, I aim to construct worlds that work on multiple levels of interest. I want people to spend more time involved in those worlds, hoping they inform our life in a valuable way, and that all viewers would gain from by investigating further. I understand the contemporary art world usually likes to identify artists within one well-defined medium and to keep spirituality out of the work, but my interests are broad and I seek to expand my understanding of life through my engagement with the arts. I am always learning something from both the process and the presentation, the journey and the destination. I like to say that I am a creative and spiritual re-evolutionary, here to explore the known and unknown worlds with art and soul, sharing the results along the way in a responsible and engaging manner.”
Jason was born and raised in a rural community in Iowa surrounded by farm fields, forests, rivers, and gentle rolling hills. He received a BA double majoring in Film & Media Production and Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and spent several years working in the Hollywood film and television industry art departments eventually venturing out into his own consulting and creative arts company ReEvolutionary Productions in 2001. He studied and performed for 7 years under the guidance of Rachel Rosenthal, Los Angeles Cultural Treasure and Theatre Maverick. He honed his skills and co-created works for 5 years with the underground performance troupe The Invisible Theater. For four years he co-produced a plethora of crowd-pleasing events and performances at Spirit Studio, a community center and cabaret in Silver Lake.
Jason produced three one-man shows written by and starring the renowned Robert Patrick Playwright (“Kennedy’s Children”, “The Haunted Host”). In 2015 and 2016 he teamed up with author/historian Stuart Timmons to conceive and produce a festive and informative live tour featuring over a dozen performance artists of West Hollywood’s LGBTQ History. Additionally, Jason was the first Production Manager of gallery and stage productions for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Department. He documents the LA underground performance art scene when not performing in them at numerous venues across town. He loves organic gardening. Bees hold a particular sway on his artistic mythology. He is working on a series of short performances and writings that will eventually weave together into a much larger, genre-bending tale: The Flowering Prince’s Garden of Stories.
Jason enjoys wishing everyone “Blissings” (his term for a bliss-filled blessing) with great sincerity and proclaiming that the ReBegin is here.