Chief Executive Officer
From lighting and effects spectaculars, to theming a land or attraction at a theme park, to a new musical, everything Jayson produces tells a story and creates a memorable experience. Jayson is a Tony Award-nominated producer who brings 20 years of creative development, management, and leadership to every project.
Jayson has produced nighttime spectaculars and complete park-wide lighting for Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America; major press events for Princess Cruises; and Forever Cunard, a light and effects spectacular, from the decks of Queen Mary 2 for spectators in New York Harbor/Lower Manhattan in celebration of Cunard Line’s 175th Anniversary.
In a unique partnership with Princess Cruises, Jayson will be developing new musicals with creative partner Stephen Schwartz. These shows, developed exclusively for Princess, will feature creative teams made up of top theatre writers, songwriters, designers, and performers.
As a live entertainment producer, Jayson’s work has been seen by millions. From producing an intimate corporate concert, to a large fundraising benefit show in a Broadway theatre, to a live performance televised on broadcast television, Jayson's hands-on approach means that every project is crafted with the audience and overall experience in mind.
Some of Jayson's producing highlights include: Sting and Patti LuPone in concert for Uprising of Love, an event hosted by Jane Lynch at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC; live television appearances by Christina Aguilera and dancers from the movie Burlesque on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The American Music Awards,” and the UK’s “X Factor”; concerts in Poland and Israel featured in the documentary film 100 Voices: A Journey Home; and appearances by Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the cast of the movie Hairspray on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show” and the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Jayson also produced New Line Cinema’s 40th Anniversary Gala, a benefit featuring Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman that raised over $2 million for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Jayson has worked with such luminaries as Bea Arthur, Dustin Lance Black, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Phyllis Diller, Zac Efron, Bonnie Franklin, Debbie Gibson, Neil Patrick Harris, Florence Henderson, Jerry Herman, Megan Hilty, Greg Louganis, James Marsden, Mary Tyler Moore, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Porter, and Phylicia Rashad.
Jayson was a producer of Rock of Ages on Broadway, which earned five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. With extensive background in producing and developing new musical theatre and entertainment, he also produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit musical Murder for Two, currently on a national tour; Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, a new musical featuring the songs of Bob Merrill (Funny Girl, Carnival, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window”, “Mambo Italiano”); a musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory; Vanities, A New Musical; Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn (Off-Broadway and in London); and Being Alive, an all-Black Stephen Sondheim revue created by Tony Award-winner Billy Porter.
Jayson spent seven years on the producing team at Pasadena Playhouse and graduated from University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television's Producers Program.