Breaking into the Biz

Actor Jason Bowen says, “My main advice for anybody trying to pursue acting as a career is to make sure that you love it.” Jason goes on to say, “It's a hard business, and it's easy to let your dreams go. But if you really have the love for it, perseverance is basically natural.”

 

 

From Stage to Screen

“My favorite movies are mostly comedies.” Jason Bowen states. “I'm a big early Eddie Murphy fan, so movies like Coming to America and Trading Places come to mind. I'm also a big fan of the older gangster flicks like The Godfather (the first two parts only), Scarface, and Casino.”

In Good Company

“I love every theater that I've had the privilege of working at or seeing a show at,” actor Jason Bowen says. “I've been working pretty consistently at Actors' Shakespeare Project and the Huntington Theatre for a little while, and I always feel like both of those companies do excellent work.”

Role Call

When asked about his favorite role, actor Jason Bowen replies, “My favorite role so far has been Othello. I really liked going on that journey as an actor. It's a classic role and a classic play.”

Acting Real

Don't ever dare Jason Bowen to do something. 'Cause he'll do it. He'll do it better and badder than any dare-loving fool. Just ask Courtney, his homeroom buddy from high school. She thought she had the basketball star nailed. "C'mon, Jason," she said, "try out for the school play. I dare you."


The play? Damn Yankees. The school? Milton Academy, where Jason was a student, thanks to his hard-working mom and scholarship support. The Roslindale native had no interest in compromising his jock reputation. But then again, this was Courtney. No way he was going to let her have the last word. He auditioned for the play. A few days later, the cast was posted. Jason got the lead. He didn't tell a soul. The big reveal came when his character, Joe Hardy — first played by another classmate as a white old guy — was transformed in a scene into a younger version of himself. Out came Jason — young, but very not white. The crowd roared. Then, Jason spoke. He sang. He danced. He acted. The audience stopped laughing. 


Since then, Jason has tackled a wide range of roles, from Othello to a wheelchair-bound prison inmate. In performances with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Huntington Theatre Company, and other local theater groups, Jason has earned rave reviews from critics as well as his cast mates. Akiba Abaka, founder of Up You Mighty Race Company, calls him "the real deal,” adding, “No one in this town can hold a torch to him." Reckon his classmates could have told everyone that way back in high school. Will we see Jason's name on Hollywood Boulevard? C'mon, Jason. We dare you. 

 

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