“Jason Raftopoulos is a rarity. It’s great to welcome him into our studio. Jason is an actor turned director with a visceral understanding of performance and the actor’s job. Jason brings his own brand of tutelage to 16th Street. He’s a revolutionist in the art of acting.” – Alkinos Tsilimidos
Jason is a graduate the two-year Meisner acting program at the William Esper Studios in NYC. He has also studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in L.A. Jason is also a graduate of Swinburne’s Film and Television school, his films have been screened in festivals around Australia and internationally, his film From Dope to Dalai Lama won the 2010 IF Award for Best Short Documentary.
As an actor, Jason has appeared on Broadway in the Tony award winning production of A View From the Bridge, The Taming of the Shrew at the Harold Clurman Theater, Danny & The Deep Blue Sea at the Producers Club, Three Sisters at Access Theatre, Plato at The Flea Theatre, The Seventh Day at Theatre for a New City and many off off Broadway productions. In Melbourne, Jason appeared in Cheech for the Melbourne Theatre Company and also in Columbia Pictures Ghost Rider staring Nicholas Cage.
“Jason intuitively knew what he was searching for and has an excellent understanding of process and the nature of the work. I am certain that any student who encounters him would benefit from his understanding of what it means to be an artist, to work on one’s instrument and the necessity to strive for authenticity.” – Victoria P. Hart, Director The Meisner Studio, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
“I’m about developing actors as artists who have a point of view about everything including themselves and the world they are in, who want to constantly grow and pitch themselves against our greatest writers. That is what will define your work, because training should be about stretching, taking risks, constantly refining process building a deep confidence in yourself and the work” – Jason Raftopoulos