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 have 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 recent Directing credits include We Are Asian. We Do Comedy. (Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut Series), Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings (Victory Gardens & Goodman Theatre), The Second City Unhinged (Second City), Hyde Ya Kids, Hyde Ya Park (The Revival), the 30th Anniversary of Splatter Theater (Annoyance), and Ada Cheng's Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders (United Solo Theatre Festival 2018, NYC). 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 Directors Lab Lincoln Center Theater 2017 and DirectorsLabChicago 2016.
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 is on the Steering Committee for DirectorsLabChicago and an Associate Artistic Director for The Revival.
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
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