JaMario Stills (he/him/his) Is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received a BFA in Acting and is currently an MFA directing candidate at Brown/Trinity Rep. He is also the 2021 Boris Segal Fellowship recipient at Williamstown Theater festival. As a professional actor, JaMario has performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, The McCarter Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Jacksonville Symphony. JaMario founded the Jacksonville-based theater company, Phase Eight-in 2017 and serves as its Founding Artistic Director. He has directed a range of plays recognizing time-honored classics and new works by local playwrights while in Jacksonville. Including, MLK Boulevard by Jacksonville native and Juilliard alumni, Julian Robertson, a multimedia one-woman show On Purpose by acclaimed poet and performer Ebony Payne-English and Women’s Work and Food of Love– two immersive theater pieces developed with prolific Northeast Florida writer, Kelby Siddons for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Cafe Nola. While in attendance at Brown University, JaMario has explored digital adaptations of the works by his favorite writers during the initial breakout of COVID-19. Octavia Butler, Adrienne Kennedy, Moor Mother, Audre Lorde and Gil Scott-Heron, just to name a few. Upon returning to live theater- JaMario and his cohort engaged in a devised adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles. Stills has also completed a screenwriting course at RISD (Rhode Island School Design). He intends to continue his studies in filmmaking at RISD while completing his prerequisites for his Master’s in theater directing.