Actor | Singer | Dancer
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Jata began honing their crafts in surrounding community theatres while attending high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a Performance Theatre major. Balancing academics with ambitious artistic goals they became
a member of the International Thespian Society and led the
Gay-Straight Alliance as Vice-President by his junior year.
Jata earned several training scholarships based on merit including the
Open Jar: Broadway Training Institute, Ithaca College Summer Musical Theatre Program, Garth Fagan Dance Summer Movement Institute, and Joffrey Ballet School's Year Round Program in the heart of New York City. Upon leaving Joffrey J'royce immediately began performing with RWS at Rye Playland then Busch Gardens Williamsburg, working with Jeff Whiting and Christopher D'Amboise. He has also performed in the West Indies with Surati Performing Arts Company.
TV/Film: Random Acts of Flyness (HBO), Killer Unicorn (Collin),
The Hosts (Kenny) City of My Dreams (Official Musical Video) - Mary Komosa, Royal Pains (Season 6), Babylon Fields (Pilot)
Off Broadway: Endangered (Tour Guide/Snoop the Funk Skunk) Original Off Broadway Cast - Davenport Theatre
National Tours: Dirty Dancing (Ensemble, Tito Suarez u/s),
FAME (Tyrone Jackson), Memphis (Swing, Black DJ u/s).
Dance Company: Garth Fagan Dance, Surati Dance
New York City: The Kitchen - Identity: Freedom (Soloist), BroadwayCon,
Symphony Space - Project Broadway: Kicking & Screaming
La MaMa Experimental Theatre - Seucy & Boto... (Uakiti the Warrior) Live In Theater Company - The Murder of Venus X (Sweets Xtravaganza)
Regional Theatre: The View Upstairs (Wes), Hair (Hud),
The Wiz (Ensemble, Scarecrow u/s), Footloose (Garvin, Lyle,
Dance Captain), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble, King Triton u/s),
Passing Strange (Rev. Jones, Terry, Christope, Hugo)
"Great stage presence."
"Generosity and authenticity, I believe, are some of the greatest gifts to humanity. The sole purpose of storytelling in any medium for me is to catalyze the mind and inspire the soul. It is about far much more than recognition." - J'royce Jata