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Artistic Mission

To lend voice to those who are silenced, ignored or otherwise discounted. To bring their humanity forward for us to bear witness.


Biography

 

Joel is so proud to continue to work and grow in the Chicago Theatre community. He is a company member of Steep Theatre Company and he has recently performed on the Steep stage in Red Rex, Birdland, Bobbie Clearly, and in The Invisible Hand and Motortown for which he has received non-equity Jeff Award Nominations. Other Chicago Theatre credits include By the Water (Northlight); Airline Highway (Steppenwolf); A Loss of Roses and Vieux Carré (Raven); Lisbon Traviata (Eclipse); Ecstasy (Cole Theatre); and The Brig (Mary Arrchie). He is also acting in film and TV as a proud SAG-AFTRA member and has most recently wrapped two feature films The World Without You and Final Choice, and guest starred on Chicago Fire (NBC).

 
 

Copy of Press


Copy of Press


 

Press

Joel is featured in Chris Jones’ “Top 10 best performances in Chicago theater in 2018”, and in Kris Vire’s “SR Digest: 2018’s best theatrical moments.

 
 
Photo by Lee Miller

Photo by Lee Miller

Birdland

…the central performance from Joel Reitsma blew me away.”

“The most remarkable thing about this staging is how Reitsma, whose performance is blisteringly good…actually makes you believe he’s a rock star.”

”This, truly, is a spectacularly charismatic performance…
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.
Reitsma is a thrill to behold: exacting yet impulsive, rigorous yet unrestrained. If this isn’t the performance of the season, I can’t imagine what could be.
— Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader Critic
[Birdland] probably wouldn’t work at all without the right actor in the lead, and Joel Reitsma more than delivers.
— Conor McShane, Performink Critic.
 
Photo by Michael Brosilow

Photo by Michael Brosilow

By The Water

…a breakout performance.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Critic.
 
 
Photo By Lee Miller

Photo By Lee Miller

The Invisible Hand

Featured Interview: “Role Playing: Joel Reitsma drew moral profit from banker-captor clash of Invisible Hand” By Lawrence B. Johnson for Chicago On The Isle.