Jon Reimer is a PhD student in the Joint PhD Program between the University of California, San Diego and UC Irvine. He is based at UC San Diego, where he works as Promotions Manager and a teaching assistant in the Theatre and Dance department.
Born, raised, and educated in eastern Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Jon is a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he earned a B. A. in Theatre Arts (Directing and Design) with a minor in Religion (Asian Studies). In 2006, he left the United States and moved to rural Japan to teach English as part of the JET Programme. Jon moved to Tokyo in 2008 where he began working in marketing and the non-profit sector. It was at that time that he also began working with Tokyo International Players (TIP). He served on the TIP Board of Governors for five years, performed in several roles, and directed shows for them including Once Upon a Mattress, Pippin, Into the Woods, and the world premiere of A Kabuki Christmas Carol.
Accomplishments he is most proud of in his life so far: converting to Judaism at the age of 16, moving to and living in Japan for over seven years, and traveling the globe to research cultures and customs in countries including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.