Jason Tremblay Memorial
Jason received an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State in Philosophy and English and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a James Michener Fellowship. In 2008, Jason received the Access to Artistic Excellence award from the National Endowment for the Arts and also an award at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., for the Best New Play for Young Audiences. He received a Marilyn Hall Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. Other theater accomplishments included multiple nominations from the Austin Critics Table and the National Youth Theatre. He received commissions from Austin Scriptworks, the LMDA, and East Valley Children’s Theatre and was published by Playscripts and YouthPlays. He was a member of Austin’s B. Iden Payne Award Committee. Jason was founder of the theater company, Theatre Heroes and an adjunct professor of theater at Austin Community College.
Jason put “at least one impossible thing” into every one of his plays and fans of his work said this made his work extraordinary. He believed that children must be taught to survive in order to thrive. This theme was evident in his plays. Jason’s plays include Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back, Boom for Real, The Virgin W/ 10,000 Arrows, You Don’t Know Charlie Parker, The Cleaning Lady, The Princess and the Pea, The Sound Ascending, Queen Zixi of Ix, The Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition, Hosers, Tennessee Dark, Chicken and Ice Cream and many others.
In addition to his writing, Jason managed stages and events for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Kanye West and many others. He was festival director for the Moontower Comedy Festival and Stage Manager for South by Southwest. He managed stage activities and events such as Pachanga Fest, Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, The Switchyard Festival and the Austin Food and Wine Fest. He worked as production assistant for corporate product launches with Disney, Alien Ware, Dell and Conduit.