Joseph Reed Hayes celebrated his 20th year as a playwright in 2022,
concurrently working as a full-time freelance writer, artistic event
producer and advocate for new, original creative work, marking a career in Orlando FL that has
included 55 productions and readings of his work across the US and in three countries. As a playwright, freelance writer, jazz advocate and performance artist he pioneers the cause of local, sustainable art.
- Two of the four shows he presented in 2022
included the only double Critics' Choice Award-winner in that year's Orlando
Fringe Festival (The Mockingbird News), and If I Had My Way, called "A fascinating mix of contemporary issues about class, race, circumstance and relationships against a uniquely Florida historical background" by the Orlando Sentinel, which awarded the show two Best of 2022 awards for Best Actor. His latest work is Tempus, a New York jazz loft 1940s bebop reinterpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, to be staged in early 2023 and then transform into the libretto for a new American opera.
- A full-time freelance writer since 1996, his other hat is worn as a food and travel writer, feature writer, theater and music critic and cultural explorer, available for feature articles and copywriting work, by contract or on assignment. He has written for national and international publications about food, travel and the arts, and was the Dining Critic for Orlando Magazine and Orlando Weekly, winning five Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Awards for food writing.
• Two Orlando Fringe Festival 2022 Critics' Choice Awards
• Two Orlando Sentinel Best of 2022 Lead Actor Awards
• BroadwayWorld Orlando Best Lead Actress 2014
• Two-time United Arts Professional Development Grant
• Florida DOS Division of Arts & Culture Special Cultural Project
• Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship
• Three-time Artist-in-residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts
• Telly Award for best independent video script
• Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant
• Galati Research Grant
• Lake County Repertory Theatre "Playing by the Lake" Festival
• Awesome Foundation grant
• Five-time Florida Magazine Association "Charlie" Award
• Reading panel, 2021 Women's Voices Play Festival, Mad Cow Theatre.
• Judge, 2022 and 2024 Artist Projects grant review panel, Florida Division of Arts & Culture.
- • Spotlighted the best of Central Florida's vibrant and creative jazz scene as producer of the Jazz On Edge series since 2008, and showcased more than 60 amazing artists to date, in a wide varietyof venues.
- • Live collaborations include spoken-word performances with renown composer and author David Amram; with jazz trumpeter Brian Groder at the legendary Jazz Gallery in New York and the Digital Media Arts Center in Orlando; with jazz ensemble La Lucha at the renowned Timucua White House; and for the Orlando International Fringe Festival
- • Founder of the Word Play series and former Chair of Alternative Programming for The Timucua Arts Foundation, presenting more than a dozen diverse events, including theater, live video, film; spoken word and poetry; and five World Premiere plays.
• Chosen in 2019 as the only independent producer to participate in an artisitic partnership with the Orlando Science Center for their exhibition, Pompeii: The Immortal City, with a series of dinners, demonstrations and discussions called Pompeii's Table.
• He has been an Associate Artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Samuel R. Delany, Douglas Coupland and Cornelius Eady.
"One of the most prolific playwrights in Orlando."
"Joseph Hayes is one of the new voices that can bring the theater to new audiences. His sense of dialogue and structure, his wit and awareness of the foibles of our society and the humanism that fill the pages of his work make him a true dramatist."
"A play by Joseph Reed Hayes is a welcome oasis of cultured smarts at the Fringe."