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B.F.A. Theatre Studies - University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Jay Asterman

I am excited to be here with the wonderful faculty at Johnson High School and being apart of the N.E.I.S.D. family. I teach theatre along with Megan Thompson, I'll be teaching Theatre II, Theatre III, Theatre IV and Theatre & Media Communications classes. Megan Thompson and myself will be co-teaching the Theatre Productions I - IV class.

I am a graduate of N.E.I.S.D. While in middle and high school, I was heavily involved with theatre and speech tournaments. I was part of the cast and crew that went to U.I.L. One Act Play 5A State in 1998 and won 1st place in U.I.L. One Act Play 5A state in 1999 and went to T.F.A. State in 2000 and 2001 and went to NFL (now called NSDA) Nationals in 2001.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies and certified to teach theatre. I also took classes in Television and Film. 

I lived in Austin for seven years where I was going to school, where I created and ran a theatre company on the UT campus called The Round About Players for seven years. Thanks to my time at UT I have experience in most theatrical areas including tech, design, playwriting, theatre education, and a focus on acting and directing. I also worked the U.I.L. State Meet as the Stage Crew Head and Technical Director.

I got married in 2020 to a wonderful woman and became a step father to an amazing son who loves to play video games and Dungeons & Dragons. 

I'm excited to start year 14 at Johnson! I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.

Class Schedule

  • Daily Schedule:

    1st Period: Conference

    2nd Period:  Theatre & Media Comm. I & II

    3rd Period:  Theatre Arts IV

    4th Period:  Theatre Arts III

    5th Period:  Theatre Arts II

    6th Period:  Lunch

    7th Period:  Theatre Arts II

    8th Period:  Theatre Arts III

    9th Period:  Theatre Productions I - IV