Artistic Director Jay Españo

Jay Españo was 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. 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 cast in the Action Theater Singapore’s hit musical CHANG AND ENG, which toured Asia for several years. Since moving to Chicago, Jay has worked with theater companies such as Silk Road Rising, Prologue, Ghostlight, Halcyon, and PrideArts. He has played the King’s role in Rodgers Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I with various theater companies in the US and Canada.

He became Artistic Director of PrideArts in 2021 and directed THE THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN, and 4000 DAYS He also conceived and directed CHRISTMAS KAROL.