JASON GWEN, 30, born in Viet Nam and grew up in the Netherlands and Canada. After studying the actor’s program at the Vancouver Youth Theatre (Vancouver, CA) and the performance/maker program at the Arnhem institute of the arts (Arnhem, NL), he started to work as an actor, director and producer. When creating, under his foundation of ARNHEMS Work. He acts in English, Dutch, Flemish, Vietnamese and in basic German.
In 2008 he had his Dutch film debut together with and supporting Robert de Hoog in Skin, directed by Hanro Smitsman. He went on to guest star in popular youth series like Villa Achterwerk: van Hier tot Tokio, Spangas and het Mysterie Van. In 2013 he had his first leading role in the feature film Ataraxia, directed by Sander Blom. Playing Wang, a character who suffers from the mental disease of genital retraction, a role which required him to go fully naked, and literally bear his all. The feature went in premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival.
In the past seasons he has been focusing on developing in the international field, with multiple shorts like Pop (Marco Grandia), Fuk It (Dennis Overeem) and Chinese Entrepeneurship for Dummies (Niels de Vries) and pilots like Bad & Breakfast (Elwin Bes) and Godspeed (Arne Toonen).
Next season he will be recurring as Jing Sheng in the Dutch/Belgian production of Grenslanders, directed by Erik de Bruyn.
As a stage actor, he chooses projects, far away from the theater. From performing over a live video connection in Guilty Landscapes of DRIES VERHOEVEN, to standing on Utrecht Central Station for 3 months straight in SANDER BREURE & WITTE VAN HULZEN’s How can we know the Dancer from the Dance?, and living and touring in a moving train in Heimweh nach Hong Kong of DAS LETZTE KLEINOD.
Other notable works included T.R.A.S.H, United Cowboys, Scapino Ballet & Ellen ten Damme, Gotra and Theatergroep DOX.
THIS SEASON he will be touring with and releasing his debut concept album, PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE. A techno and hip hop mash up including tracks like Up in the Park and Find the Fun. Every track will have 5 different versions on the album. 5×5, 5×5.