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Hi there,

My name's Jason Paris, founding director of Pavement Ends Studios LLC.

In 2011, I resigned my job as a Fine Arts Director at Cherokee Public

Schools, where I'd spent most of my teaching career and enrolled at New

York University's Steinhardt School's masters program in Educational

Theatre. The idea was to transition from a rural-American high school

teacher to a legendary broadway director and playwright. That hasn't

happened yet.

 

I formed the company in 2012 while completing my degree at NYU. I originally saw the company as an agency to promote teaching artists in the southern plains, where I'm based. This idea arose from the realization that, while major population centers like New York have robust systems in place for creating, promoting, and financing independent teaching artists, rural areas lacked the infrastructure, financing, and, frankly,  the demand for teaching artists. 

                                                        For the first year out of grad school, I eked out a living as an

                                                        freelance teaching artist, but in order to do so, I had to spend

                                                        countless hours promoting myself with schools and other potential

                                                        clients, rather than doing the work I wanted to do: fostering young

                                                        artists and helping teachers. So I went back to the classroom. At

                                                        that point Pavement Ends Studios, found itself relegated to the far back burner, and existed primarily as a website only so I could maintain ownership of the domain / url.  

At the end of that first year back, as it happened, my former position at Cherokee High School became available, and I returned to the classroom.

Let’s Work Together

500 Terry Francois Street 

San Francisco, CA 94158

Tel: 123-456-7890

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