J. Jason Daunter
No one is better at handling the daunting task of Production Stage Manager than J. Jason Daunter. It’s almost as if he was named for it. Okay, my use of sub-par word-play was irresistible, but it shouldn’t give you the impression that Mr. Daunter is anything less than extraordinary. With a resume that includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre, not to mention Carnegie Hall, I think it’s safe to say that this PSM is one of the best in the business. Credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2, Shuffle Along…, Wicked, and currently, the hilarious Schumer-Key-Benanti-Shamos headed Meteor Shower. A true man of the theatre, we are sitting down, tea in hand, light cues at the ready, with J. Jason Daunter On the Couch.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
Dedication and loyalty.
What was your proudest moment?
Celebrating the 2017 Tony Awards and the accompanying after parties with the amazing and nominated company of “A Doll’s House, Part 2” and my partner in crime, Company Manager Kendall Booher.
What is your favorite drink?
Tequila! I’ve never said no to a Margarita!
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite condiment?
Ranch dressing (not Hidden Valley).
What is your current obsession?
“The Good Wife.” I know, is this 2009?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Take a show to London, or go on a big concert tour with a solo artist. I’m talking to you, P!nk!
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What is this question? I monitor my blood pressure closely, thank you for asking.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
My mother taught me to believe in myself and that you have to work for everything you’re given in this life. Nothing is free.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
My mother’s tendency to over-pack and her minor shopping addiction.
What in the world most thrills you?
My niece, Skylar.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The personal attacks on social media and the blatant arrogance on issues individuals aren’t versed in.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
Doing a live pre-show announcement, I introduced the actor as the character, and vice versa. For example, “At this afternoon’s performance, the role of Jane Smith will be played by Grizabella.” Luckily the drummer, without missing a beat, did a rim shot. The audience laughed and I wasn’t fired.
What is your favorite place in the world?
New York City.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS QUESTION? Can they tolerate me?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
It sounds fake, but I’m working on Broadway, so it’s already a pretty good day. (Cue the eye rolls). I wouldn’t say no to a million dollars.
What is your personal motto?
DARE TO DREAM.