Joseph Reed Hayes

Coming Up:

Writing
Theater
Jazz

 


Playwright

31 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13

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Freelance Writer

Restaurant Critic, Orlando Magazine; Florida Magazine Association Award winner; Features, travel, music, entertainment, contract work and special assignments

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Jazz Producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida
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Freelance Writer

A full-time freelance writer since 1996, I work for print and online publications worldwide. Florida Magazine Association Award-winning food writer and restaurant critic for Orlando and around the world, I write about food, people, places and experiences. If you need engaging writing and fast, accurate work, ad copy or web content ... let's talk. As a trained chef, I can write about the front of the house as well as the kitchen of a restaurant with equal expertise. I am available for feature articles and copywriting assignments, by contract or on staff.And if you're in Orlando, we'll have lunch (I know some great places...)


My Credits

Award-winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, trained chef, and avid, but not snobby, advocate of good wine. As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and, of course, New York City. I've become a go-to writer for all things Orlando. Whether a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've done it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.


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Sample Articles

City magazines, in-flight highlights, daily newspapers, trade journals and industry newsletters. I've written for major publications and alternative press in New York, Canada, Detroit and Israel, and international travel guides from London and around the world.

 

Playwright

Plays and readings in New York, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Italy, England and Scotland. Winner: Community Foundation of Jacksonville Art Ventures Fund Grant; United Arts Professional Development Grant 2012, 2009; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship; Telly Award; Galati Research Grant; "Playing by the Lake" Festival.


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Plays long and short

From the big stage extravaganza of Tempus to the intimate "living room" drama A Little Crazy, my plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. Solos uniquely combined the theatrical stage with jazz club sensibilities.


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The Projects

Creator of House Theater Project, live-streaming theater from intimate and non-traditional spaces, called "A very innovative use of technology to expand the definition of live performance" by United Arts of Central Florida, who awarded a Professional Development Grant for its creation. Read More >>


Creator/curator of 13in13, a year-long series of original, creative events written, produced or presented by Joseph Hayes, which attracted a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Read More >>

Jazz Producer

Since 2008, Jazz On Edge has spotlighted the best that Central Florida has to offer of the amazing range of music we know as jazz to an appreciative local and international audience. Giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in unusual venues in person and online. Winner, "Awesome Foundation" grant 2014.


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Create Locally, Entertain Globally 

Videos of  Jazz On Edge performances have been viewed more than 17,000 times, and the live-streamed shows have been watched by audiences across the U.S, in Europe and the UK. To date, 41 musicians have shared the various Jazz On Edge stages since 2008.


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Big Stages to House Concerts

As with my theaterical productions, Jazz On Edge isn't tied to one venue or way of presentation. Concerts have been held in restaurants, theaters, big stages and living rooms. I've presented supper club shows and university workshops, and combined theater and jazz in new and unique ways. The "Unplugged" series in 2014 will present 8 talented musicians in new and unusual situations.
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