Joseph Reed Hayes

I'm a travel writer, food and music critic, feature writer and tech-head. 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.

My other hat is worn in performance spaces, as an award-winning playwright, jazz event producer and advocate for new, original creative work by myself and others.

my links: resume plays jazzonedge empty plate blog theater and jazz at home facebook
 

Freelance Writer

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

A full-time freelance writer since 1996, I work for print and online publications worldwide. 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 New York City. I've become a go-to writer for all things Orlando. And if you're in Orlando, we'll have lunch (I know some great places...)

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Playwright

32 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001.

From the big stage extravaganza of Tempus to the intimate "living room" drama A Little Crazy,Slow Ride my plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages.

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

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Jazz Producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new Heatherand original jazz from Central Florida.

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. 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. Videos of Jazz On Edge performances have been viewed more than 21,000 times.

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Award-winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, trained chef, and avid, but not snobby, advocate of good wine.
Founding member, Greater Orlando Food Leaders Alliance (goFLA).

Assignments include:
Eyewitness Travel Guides, Dorling Kindersley Publishing; Fodor's Travel Guides; AirTran; VisitFlorida.com; St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau; Spirit Airlines; Orlando Sentinel; Where Traveler; Orlando Weekly; Aviation International News; Edmonton VUE Weekly; Lighting Homestyle; Tampa Weekly Planet; Detroit Metro Times, Winter Park Magazine; Poets & Writers; Aviation International News; Edmonton VUE Weekly; Tampa Weekly Planet; Detroit Metro Times; National Business Aviation Association; Valencia College; Barnes&Noble.com; MaximumPC; AlterNet; The Jerusalem Report; Florida Realtor; Songlines UK

THE PLAYS
· A LITTLE CRAZY · AFTER TWO · BAND OF DRUNKS · BUCKET BOY · BUDDHA, MOHAMMED & JESUS WALK INTO A BAR · A GOD IN ASPECT · IF I HAD MY WAY · JOHNNY MYSTERY, PUBLIC SCHOOL PRIVATE EYE · THE PLANETS ALIGN IN THEIR SINISTER DESIGN · A SLOW RIDE · SOLOS · TELL IT TO THE BIRD · TEMPUS · THE LITTLE DICKENS · WEST FARMS · WHAT JAMES LEARNED ON THE INTERNET

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.

Jazz On Edge is dedicated to presenting the amazing range of music we know as jazz to an appreciative Central Florida audience, and giving creative local and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries. In 9 shows since 2008, 47 musicians have shared the various Jazz On Edge stages.

An important part of the Jazz On Edge philosophy is house concerts, extending to theater as well as music. House concerts produced by Jazz On Edge and the House Theater Project are available for spaces and audiences of any size.

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"An admirable tilting at windmills – a balancing act of challenges and accessibility." ~ Orlando Weekly