“Improvisation helped me find the confidence in myself and helping to build Stepping Stone Theater gives me the opportunity to inspire more BIPOC artists to strengthen their voices.”
Jonald Reyes has been involved with theater arts and administration for over 9 years. In that time, he has worn many hats including Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Teacher, and Administrator. He is currently a Stage Director for one of The Second City’s National Touring Companies and a Resident Stage Director for The Annoyance Theatre. He has taught improvisation and sketch writing at The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and The Revival Theater for the past 3 years. Working as a Stage Director, Jonald has also helped to augment underrepresented performers and will now be able to elevate their voices through an environment they can relate to.
Reyes is an alumnus of Directors Lab Lincoln Center Theater 2017 and DirectorsLabChicago 2016. Prior to going full-time into the arts, Jonald worked at the engineering firm, Sargent & Lundy, L.L.C. for 18 years. As a Procurement Contract Specialist, he focused on subcontract services, legal negotiations, and assisting in accounts payable. He was able to apply these business skills to organizations such as Chicago Improv Productions, DirectorsLabChicago, and as the Associate Artistic Director at The Revival Theater. By combining his plethora of theater production experience with this background in procurement contract administration, he will be an asset to the foundation of Stepping Stone Theater.