Actor | Director | Teacher
JL Rey is an actor, director, and teacher in New York City & Tampa, FL and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
NY Acting Credits include: Ybor City the Musical, The Life of Juanita Castro, Kitchenette, The Disappearing Man, The Boy Cometh to the Mountain, Corpus, Ghost Dancer, 167 Tongues, Daniel, Alice, A New Musical, Transubstantiation, and The Shadow Box.
Regional Acting Credits include: In the Heights, Christmas Contigo, Miss You Like Hell, The Frogs, La Casa Azul, Anna in the Tropics, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, La Vida Es Sueño, Evita, The Laramie Project, and Waiting for Godot.
Directing Credits include: In the Heights, Christmas Contigo, Anna in the Tropics, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Evita, Godspell, The Laramie Project, 9 Parts of Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kitchenette, The Life of Juanita Castro, 4 Guys Named Jose Y Una Mujer Named Maria, and In the Time of the Butterflies/En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas.
Mr. Rey was born in Havana, Cuba and spent his early years in Regla, a city across the bay from Old Havana. In 1969, the family migrated to the U.S. and settled in uptown Manhattan, in Inwood.
Life changed dramatically in 1984 when JL auditioned for what he thought was a local community theatre production of “South Pacific” – in reality, it was a professional dinner theatre with an Actor’s Equity Association contract! At the Mark One Dinner Theater, JL’s tutelage began. AEA members, Angela Angel and Susan Noblitt, took Jorge under their wings. They began teaching him about the craft of acting and suggested reading material such as “An Actor Prepares” and important plays such as, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Death of a Salesman”, and “Buried Child”. Over many conversations and drinks, an appreciation and passion for acting and storytelling was born. Acting and voice training continue to this day, whenever he can find a class or workshop to attend. ‘Learning never ends’ is a fundamental principle.
Since then, JL has worked in Musical Theatre, Drama, Farce, Comedy, Operetta, Shakespeare, Opera, Zarzuela, Cabaret, Concert, Film, Television Drama, TV Sitcom, Commercials, Voiceovers, Audiobooks, and Industrials, and has taught acting, audition workshops, and coached monologues, songs, and public speakers in the business world.
“We few, we happy few…”
“Gracias a la vida…”
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Baker Management (NY)
Equity, SAG-AFTRA, Theatrical
Innovative Artists Commercial Division NY (NY)