Jay is no stranger to the stage, having performed in dozens of shows in the Grand Rapids community. Recent GRCT shows include: Mary Poppins (Mr Banks), Shakespeare in Love (Henslowe), Newsies (Pulitzer), and Calendar Girls (Rod). Other favorite credits include The Crucible (Proctor) and Rumors (Lenny) with Shadblow Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) with Heritage Theatre. Jay is a director of theatre at Grandville High School, and has directed or assistant directed shows there for 15 years (and counting!) He had the honor of directing Jacqueline and Walter, the 10 minute youth category piece from GRCT’s first ever Ten For All in 2021.
What inspires you?
Humans inspire me. The fact that in spite of everything, we choose to live, is inspiring. Stories are made this way.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Don’t make me choose between Star Wars and Star Trek! So I’ll say: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lt. Commander Data. Honorable mention to Marvin the Paranoid Android.
What was your favorite after school snack growing up?
Toast with peanut butter, cut into triangles.