My name is Mason Van Gieson - I'm an actor/vocalist/educator based in New York City. I was raised on a small inland lake in southeast Michigan, and have always felt a deep interest in the imaginary within the natural world. I'm a question-asker who prioritizes deep research, and my artistic aims surround unearthing forgotten stories and uplifting marginalized voices. I hold a passion both for the development of new works and reinterpretation of classic texts through new lenses. I'm a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a BA in Anthropology. I'm also a bonafide a cappella nerd, and a firm believer that there is nothing quite like the human voice alone to convey a clear story. This belief has led to a fruitful career as a working a cappella singer - you can learn more here.
In addition to my performing work, I am also a teaching artist. I currently work with music education nonprofit Midori & Friends to bring choral education to public elementary schools here in New York.
I've also served on the other side of the table, most recently working in project development for veteran theatre and film producer John N. Hart (projects include THE SOUND INSIDE at Studio 54).
When not onstage, I can usually be found curled up with a long book (probably by Rebecca Makkai or Madeline Miller at the moment), listening to Janis Joplin and Brandi Carlile, engaging in community organizing, or doting shamelessly on my two cats, Ginger and Izzy :)