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Jon Reimer

PhD Recipient


Jon Reimer recently completed his PhD in the Joint PhD Program of the Department of Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego and the Department of Drama at UC Irvine. He received his BA in Theatre Arts at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to UCSD, he lived abroad in Japan for over 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 partnered 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 Japanese theatre and its relevance amongst international perspectives of performance.

Most recently, Jon was a Guest Lecturer in Theatre at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he was teaching Japanese Theatre, Pan-Asian Theatre, Dramaturgy/Play Analysis, and Theatre & Society. He is currently finishing up his time as a Theatre Artist and Education at UC San Diego, serving as Instructor for Introduction to Play Analysis and as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Theatre


Nostalgia, Japanese performance history, Intercultural & Intracultural Theatre, Queer theory in practice


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

BA in Theatre Arts from Muhlenberg College

UC San Diego credits

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)