EMAV 10 Bites: Jason Nious, Performer

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

In every neighborhood, there is someone who makes the Arts a part of their life, and our community. You'd be surprised to discover how many different people use the arts to improve the quality of life in or hometown. EAT MORE ART! VEGAS will feature them regularly in our series "10 Bites."

What performing art do you do?

body percussion, theatre, dance, film, circus, arts education

Why do you do it?

As a performing and teaching artist, my intention is to help usher Body Percussion into the theatrical realm as a storytelling vehicle, to show and share the awesomeness of our human bodies as instruments, and to inspire a sense of unity among all people through rhythm, collaboration, and personal expression.

What’s your favorite production/performance so far?

It's hard to rank the experiences, but I undoubtedly learned the most about the industry early in my career while working with Step Afrika.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Before graduating from college, I worked at a bank, a call center, fast food restaurants, pizza delivery, a hotel, the corn fields of Nebraska and held a number of leadership positions in campus organizations.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

People say that I make them smile.

What would you be doing if you weren't performing?

I'd either be working on creative production teams for companies and projects that inspire me or I'd be a doctor / physical therapist for athletes and performers.

Name something you love about Las Vegas, and why.

I like hiking so I love the good weather and the great parks, mountains and hiking trails on the outskirts of the city. Vegas is an international city, but once you leave the 2 mile strip, it feels like a connected community.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Remember you are not just an actor or a dancer or ... fill in the blank. You are an artist, a creator. With that mindset, there are no limits to what you can do. - Pilar Leto (ABQ, NM)

What superpower would you have and why?

I'd have the power to snap my fingers and instantly create lawyer-proof contracts and documents for artists and producers that satisfy all parties involved. ;) I think Google is working on that. I'd also have the power to unify the best creative production teams who are focused, talented, eager and committed to the project on deck.

Any future projects?

An Octoroon opens Nov 2nd @ Majestic Repertory Theatre. I play three characters. Molodi is creating new work for Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, to debut in March 2018. Molodi is creating new work centered around American folktales, to debut in Feb 2018 and tour nationally.

Follow Jason at: @jnious, @molodilive

Check out MOLODI here

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