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Jon Reimer



Jon Reimer received his doctorate from the Joint Ph.D. program in Theatre and Drama at the University of California, San Diego and UC Irvine, as well as an M.F.A. in Directing from UC San Diego. His UC San Diego credits include Prepared (Director, WNPF 2021), Letters From Cuba (Dramaturg), Orestes 2.0 (Production Consultant), The Skriker (Director), Baby Teeth (Director WNPF 2017), Scenes from an Execution (Director), Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Director), Boston Marriage (Director), Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Co-Director), The Cherry Orchard (AD/Dramaturg), Borealis (AD/Dramaturg, WNPF 2015), and Golden Boy (acting in the roles of Mickey/Frank).

Born, raised, and educated in eastern Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Jon is also a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Directing and Design) with a minor in Religion (Asian Studies). Prior to moving to San Diego for his graduate studies, he lived abroad in Japan for seven years, during which time he worked primarily with Tokyo International Players (TIP) as a director, performer, and member of their Board of Governors. With TIP, he was able to partner with Shochiku Corporation and playwright Gary Perlman to create an original English-language kabuki adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Jon’s research interests include traditional and modern Japanese performance, Meisner-based acting techniques, and cross-cultural theatre. He is specifically interested in interculturalized and intraculturalized Japanese theatre and their relevance amongst international perspectives of performance.

Most recently, Jon was a Guest Lecturer in Theatre at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he taught Japanese TheatrePan-Asian TheatreDramaturgy/Play Analysis, and Theatre & Society. He completed his time teaching at UC San Diego as Instructor for Introduction to Play Analysis and as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Theatre. Outside of academia, he is also currently Treasurer and an Executive Board member of Performance Studies International.


PhD Dissertation:

Proximal and Reminiscent Nostalgias: Queer Potentiality in Postwar Japan and the Post-Method American Theatre


MFA Thesis: 

Queer Spirit: Theory Generation Toward Directorial Practice: UC San Diego’s 2016 Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner


PhD in Theatre and Drama from the UC San Diego/UC Irvine Joint Program

MFA in Directing from UC San Diego

BA in Theatre Arts from Muhlenberg College

UC San Diego credits

Prepared (Director, WNPF 2021)

Letters from Cuba (Dramaturg)

Orestes 2.0 (Production Consultant)

The Skriker (Director)

Baby Teeth (Director, WNPF 2017)

Scenes from an Execution (Director)

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika (Director)

Boston Marriage (Director)

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Co-Director)

The Cherry Orchard (AD/Dramaturg)

Borealis (AD/Dramaturg)

Golden Boy (Mickey/Frank)