Jonald Reyes is a Writer, Performer, and Director based in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) with an English degree, concentrating on Cinema Studies. Continuing an interests in the performing arts, he has completed programs at the Second City, iO Theater, the Annoyance, and the Chicago Dramatists Theater.
As a Writer & Performer, Jonald's work has been performed in various festivals including the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the Detroit Improv Festival, and the Just for Laughs Festival (Chicago). His performance experiences has also brought him to college campuses, including DePaul University, the University of IL (Urbana–Champaign), and Loyola University. He is currently a performing member with the comedy troupes: Stir Friday Night and Donald With a Jay.
His Directing resume includes The Shrimpshack Redemption (2017), Splatter Theater (2017 & 2016), the Annoyance Christmas Pageant (2016), Love in the Time of Cholesterol (performed in Austin, TX / Out of Bounds Festival 2015), Six Characters In Search of an Author (2014), Tetrazzini's Last Hurrah (2013), Yellowstone: A Twilight Zone Musical (2012) & Confessions of a Chubby Tomboy (2011). Reyes has been honored to be voted as Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director (2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016). He is a member of the 2017 Lincoln Center Theater (NYC) Directors Lab and 2016 DirectorsLabChicago.
Jonald's consistent work and organizational skills have also placed him in production positions. Jonald is the proud Artistic Director of the nation's premier Asian American comedy troupe, Stir Friday Night. He was Associate Producer for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (2013-2017) and Chicago Women’s Funny Festival (2014-2017). He was the Assistant Producer to the Chicago Musical Improv Festival (2015-2016). And Jonald was the Producer for Chicago Improv Festival 2015. He has recently been producing more film & video including the feature length horror film, You Are Not Alone (2014) [yanafilm.com].
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Rutgers alumnus creates laughter at Chicago Improv Festival
WGN's Out of the Loop - OTL #490: Blackfish: The Musical