About

JASON GWEN

Film Actor and Musician (Electronics & Hip Hop)

& Producer/Director of Foundation ARNHEMS Work

 

To read more about ARNHEMS Work

http://www.jasongwen.com/arnhems-work/

 

ONCE UPON A TIME

At the age of 27 Jason auditioned for the third time for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (NL), and ended up in the Top 30 thirty during the ‘Vegas’ round in Dublin, Ireland. Failing in river dancing, he hung up his dancing shoes and moved to Vancouver for the rest of the year to be around his family and starts the founding of the second division of Foundation ARNHEMS Work. The vehicle where Jason produces and directs performance works in the public space. With the trust and financial support of the Municipality of Arnhem and the Amsterdam Funds for the Arts.

At the age of 18 Jason enrolled in The Vancouver Youth Theatre in Canada, with Devon Sawa (Final Destination) as the most famous alumni. Returning to NL, he was casted in his first feature film SKIN, directed by HANRO SMITSMAN. Missing out the first few days of the introduction week, Jason walked into class at the dancer/MAKERS program at the Artez Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Leaving in the third year, Jason started his professional career at the age of 21 in various productions, from dance to film, tv, theater, and simultaneously produced and directed his own work.

 

 

HARDCORE EXPERIENCE

He worked for the following directors from 2010 on: Marking his 10 years in the business in 2020.

Film: Erik de Bruyn, Hanro Smitsman, Erwin van den Eshof, Jon Karthaus, an introduction with Arne Toonen, and upcoming directors like Marco Grandia, Anne Vaandrager and Thor Braun.

Theatre: Dries Verhoeven, Jens Erwin-Siemssen, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Ed Wubbe, Kristel van Issum, Maarten van der Put & Pauline Roelants, Hildegard Draaijer, Ellen ten Damme and trained at Conny Janssen Danst.

Museums and Festivals: Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, Museum het Valkhof Nijmegen, MU Eindhoven, Festival Lumos Paris, Fashion & Design Festival Arnhem, Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, Wasteland, Valtifest and the Uitmarkt.

 

TRIPLE THREAT

In the past season (2019) Jason has released his 25 items debut record PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE worldwide, followed up with a 12 cities Dutch tour, a festival summer at Mainstage Dam Square /Pride Amsterdam, Amsterdam Central Station, Adam Tower, Amsterdam Museum and walked his first and only ball at the Milkshake Festival.

 

 

NUMBERS

In the fall he was a recurring character in GRENSLANDERS (internationally under FLOODLAND), broadcasted simultaneously in NL and BE. With about 1 million viewers per episode in Belgium. He was also seen in the controversial NESTELTHERAPIE, a short about reproduction that went viral on Facebook with over 500k viewers. His Instagram exploded around November 1 with the release of his latest single ACTION, with only 1k followers fan base, but peeking at 12k content viewers.

 

PRESENT DAY

Currently he is finishing the second leg of the PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE tour, with dates at Amsterdam Dance Event, Dutch Design Week Music and will be performing with his band for the very first time on December 15, in the main room of Luxor Live in Arnhem.

On Sunday December 1 he’s opening his first ever store, CHANGE. A concept store designed to sell CHANGE to the ones who needs it, but doesn’t know how to. The store will be up on display until December 29.

 

 

Jason is born close to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Left the country at 8 months, and through a few different countries, ended up in the Netherlands at the age of 5. From the age of 12 Jason travelled between Canada and the Netherlands, as his family is broken up in two, due to communism back in the 80’s. Currently he likes to travel between Amsterdam, Vancouver, and Arnhem. And with a loft in New York, as his future house prospects.