Fickel's guitar playing has taken him beyond the coffee house and bar room venues. Soon after his arrival in Bloomington, Jason Fickel jumped into performances with Bloomington's newly-formed professional theatre company, Cardinal Stage, playing acoustic and electric guitar for the childrens' hit, "Frog and Toad," and playing his 1967 Rickenbacker 360 for a staged reading of a Indian Partition musical co-written by Glenn Berger (Spiderman, PBS's Arthur) and Frank London (Klezmatics).

Other staged reading accompaniments include Tom Trent's time-travel play about William Howard Taft's visit to Southern Indiana, with Jason channeling his Mick Jones-Albert Von Tilzer mash-up.

In fall 2013 he was asked to provide live guitar accompaniment for a found film (Hickory Hill, circa 1930) that was part of Orphans Midwest Film Festival at the Indiana University Cinema. Later that year, he provided live accompaniment at the cinema for an afternoon of Early Stop Motion Animation shorts (Willis O’Brien {1915-1930}, It’s a Bird {1930} by Charley Bowers, Ladislaw Starewicz’s Frogland {1923}, and The Mascot {1934}). 

This winter (12/3/2017) is his most ambitious cinema endeavor to date: a live guitar accompaniment to Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, a landmark film in the history of cinema. Fickel conceives the project as a tone poem contemplating the breathtaking performance of Falconetti.