Per Janson is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program. At Trinity Rep, he appeared in A Christmas Carol (Fred) and Twelfth Night (Aguecheek understudy, performed). Also at Trinity Rep, Per served as a talkback leader, new play reader, and assistant to director Brian McEleney on Hamlet.
Per has also appeared in Chain of Fools (Guthrie Theater--A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training); Line, by Molly Rice (Perishable Theatre), and Wild Porcelain (Workhorse Theatre, dir. Stephen Buescher).
MFA productions include Uncle Vanya (Astrov), Othello (Roderigo, Duke, Montano, & Lodovico), The Tempest (Prospero), Hamlet (Claudius/Ghost), Mad Forest (Mihai), A Doll's House (Torvald), Blood Wedding (Death), Richard III (Clarence), and Twelfth Night (Fabian).
During two previous summers, Per apprenticed in Calabria, Italy with actor/cantastorie Nino Racco, whom he met at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo. Per has also served as archival intern and bartender at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where he researched the riots surrounding the premiere of Synge's The Playboy of the Western World for an exhibit accompanying the Abbey's centennial tour. He has since presented a paper on the riots at the annual American Culture Association conference and has also presented on the photography of Edward S. Curtis at the American Comparative Literature Association conference in Puebla, Mexico. In June 2009 he presented on the work of director Jerzy Grotowski at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Per holds a B.A. in Theatre and English with a concentration in Africana Studies from Grinnell College and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown.