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AMDA Faculty since: 2001
Jason Chaet is an award winning filmmaker, theatre director, producer, editor and acting teacher based in New York City. He got his start at New York's famed Ensemble Studio Theatre where he worked with off-broadway icon Curt Dempster, and developed new work by playwrights including David Mamet and Arthur Miller. He has a vast array of theater directing credits across the country, and worked developed new writers for HBO with the Off The Page series. His multiple award winning feature film Putzel (starring Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, Susie Essman, and John Pankow) appeared in over fifty film festivals around the world, and was distributed internationally by Filmbuff.
His most recent feature film Seneca, which he directed, co-wrote (with longtime collaborator Armando Riesco), edited and produced had it's world premiere at the HBO NY Latino Film Festival in August of 2019 at AMC 42nd in New York City, where it won a Special Jury Prize. It went on to play at film festivals around the country, and won multiple awards including the prestigious Ultra Indie Feature Prize at the Woodstock Film Festival and Best Picture and Best Director at the Phoenix Film Festival. The film stars Armando Riesco, Susan Misner, Shirley Rumierk, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Tony Plana. Seneca currently airs exclusively on HBO Latino and HBO Max.
Jason is a longtime faculty member at AMDA NY, where he serves as the Supervisor of First Semester Acting, Acting for Camera and Screenwriting.
Degrees, Studies and Affiliations
B.F.A., Acting/Directing, Syracuse University AEA