Jerre Dye

Jerre Dye

Jerre Dye is a writer, director, and actor currently residing in Chicago. He has spent the last 20 years focusing on the development of new works in various artistic capacities. Some of his favorite acting credits include Kynaston in Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Ostrander), Cyrano in Cyrano (Ostrander), Darl in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, and Gary Essendine in Present Laughter (Ostrander), Olaus in Wild Legacy (national tour 2011-12), Pryor in Angels In America Parts 1 and 2 (Ostrander) and Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror. Dye is the recipient of the Award for Dramatic Literature from the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers ( His Jeff nominated play Cicada premiered last spring through Route 66 Theatre Company, in Chicago. In April of 2014, he completed the libretto for Ghosts of Crosstown, a new short opera cycle in collaboration with Opera Memphis and four composers from across the US: Movin' Up in the World with composer Zachary Redler (subsequent performances at the National Civil Rights Museum and during African American heritage week at the Missouri State University), Abandoned with composer Kamran Ince (featured at the Opera America Annual Conference as part of the New Works Sampler 2014), Ivonne with composer Nathaniel Stookey (featured at the Opera America Annual Conference as part of the New Works Sampler 2015), and Mich and the Moon with composer Jack Perla. His other works for the stage include: Distance, Threads, The New Adventures of Hansel and Gretel, Wild Swans, and Sid and the Magic Box. Other regional directing credits include: Sister Myotis (Abingdon Theatre, NY), One or Two Things (San Francisco Fringe), A Soldier's Tale (Iris Orchestra), as well as work with Heifer International Theatre Project.

Photo credit: Maia Rosenfeld


Role   Show
Ensemble ..................... Halloween Show 2011
Artist ..................... Prison Stories
Rikki ..................... Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Benjamin Fraser ..................... Spoon River Anthology, Part 1


The Nature of Captivity
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Robert Arnold
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