A proud ensemble member of The Gift Theatre, Jay’s previous credits at The Gift include: The Grapes of Wrath, Richard III, the world premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto, the world premiere of Mat Smart’s The Royal Society of Antarctica, Othello, Thinner Than Water, War of the Worlds, Vigils, Absolute Hell, Cloud 9, Night and Her Stars, the world premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Recent work outside The Gift includes shooting a public service announcement for Perkins School for the Blind (as part of the first ever blind awareness social change campaign: BlindNewWorld), shooting a short film: Soup du Jour with Recursive Pictures, and a number of workshop readings at The John F. Kennedy Center for their VSA Program (Very Special Arts) which focuses on the disabled experience. Jay was recently the subject of a documentary: Beyond Sight by TouchVision, which focused on his life and experience as a visually disabled actor. Jay is also a teaching artist for GiftED (Gift Education) The Gift Theatre’s two year acting sequence for Chicago based high school students, and a teaching artist for Actors Training Center in Wilmette, where he created and runs his own unique three course adult acting sequence. Jay can next be seen in The Gift’s upcoming world premiere production of A Life Extra Ordinary by Melissa Ross. Jay is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf.
Many thanks to an incredible Universe, Family, and Artistic Family for blessing me with such an incredible existence. I’m so thrilled, after so many lifetimes, to have finally found home.