Jason Te Mete
Actor and musician turned writer and producer, dedicated to creating and developing hearty New Zealand made theatre.
Originally from Tauranga, Jason comes from a musical family where he was encouraged to learn classical piano from an early age. He enhanced his musicianship by studying at Victoria University of Wellington before moving to Auckland in 2002 where he broadened his horizons and now works as a freelance actor, singer, dancer, director, vocal coach, musical director and pianist.
Jason received outstanding reviews for his performance as Mitch Albom in the NZ premiere of ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ (Newmarket Stage Company), and his recent performance and musical direction of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival season of 'K'Rd Strip', Okareka Dance Company's highly acclaimed devised work received 5-star international reviews.
He has performed in ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘You Can Always Hand Them Back’, Guys And Dolls’ and ‘Stepping Out’ (ATC), ‘The Mikado’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ (The Court Theatre, Christchurch), and Raymond Hawthorne’s acclaimed production of ‘The Consul’ (Opera Factory).
Jason has directed several musicals, including ‘Edges’ (Rebel Theatre), ‘Mrs McGinty & The Bizarre Plant’ (The Court Theatre), ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ (Manukau Performing Arts), which won 9 NAPTA Awards including Best Musical, Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast.
He has musically directed ‘Altar Boyz’ (Fortune Theatre, Dunedin), 'Little Shop of Horrors’, 'Checkout Chicks' and ‘The Twits’ (ATC), and 'Blood Brothers’ with Annie Whittle & Ray Woolf.