Artistic Director Jay Españo

Jay Españo (Artistic Director, Director THE THINGS I NEVER COULD TELL STEVEN and 4000 DAYS, concept CHRISTMAS KAROL) Born in Manila, The Philippines, he joined the prestigious Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company in 1998, where he trained with acclaimed Filipino director Nonon Padilla.
He acted in several commercials, television series and films. Notably, he was a regular cast member of Koko KwikKwak – a spin-off of Batibot (Philippine SESAME STREET).He toured The Philippines with that show’s mascots, performing for kids throughout the country. In 2000, Jay was one of many Filipino actors who were cast in the Action Theater Singapore’s hit musical CHANG AND ENG, which toured Asia for several years. Since moving to the Chicago area, Jay has worked with storefront theater companies such as Silk Road Rising, Prologue, Ghostlight, Halcyon, and PrideArts. He has played the role of the King in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I with various theater companies in the US and in Canada.